Dallas County Schools Child Nutrition Program offers 3 ways to deposit money into your child's account:
OPTION 1: PAY ONLINE using PayPAMS.com!
The service is available for all Dallas County families, easy to use, convenient, private, and secure. A per-deposit transaction fee is $1.95. Paying on-line allows you to check your child's account balance and gives you the option to have an automatic recurring payment when the balance reaches a designated amount. When prepaying on-line with a credit/debit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover ONLY), it is important to use your child's identification number. You must allow up to 48 hours for on-line payments to be credited to your child's meal account at the school site - we recommend a recurring payment or e-mail notification be set at no less than $12.00 to ensure that any funds deposited online reach your child's account in a timely fashion. Money left in your child's account at the end of each school year will automatically move with your child within the Dallas County School System, regardless of changing schools. Please see attached flyers for instructions as how to sign up for PayPAMS service:
Make checks payable to (School Name) Cafeteria. The student will give the check to his/her teacher in elementary school, or cashier at the middle and high schools. Make sure you put the child's name and Cafeteria pin# in the memo section of the check.
CNP uses a check recovery company that collects all checks returned by the bank as uncollectible.
In addition, the Child Nutrition Department will collect an additional $5 to cover uncollected bank fees.
If a check is returned by the check recovery company to the Child Nutrition Program, you will then be required to make all purchases through the program with cash for the remainder of the school year.
OPTION 3: CASH
Cash may be brought to the cafeteria at the time of purchase or given to the student's teacher for deposit into the account. Please put cash in an envelope marked with your student's name, grade, Cafeteria pin#, and amount.
Dallas County School cafeterias have automated systems to provide accountability of each student's account. Parents are encouraged to prepay their child's meals for the week, month, or year.