Accepted Payment Methods
OPTION 1: PAY ONLINE using PayPAMS.com
The service is available for all Hoover families. It's easy, private, and secure. A per-deposit transaction fee $1.95 applies. Paying online allows you to check your child’s account balance and gives you the option to have automatically recurring payments when the balance reaches a designated amount. When prepaying online 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 online 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 $7.00 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 our school system, even if your child changes schools. Balance notifications are a feature (at no cost) that can be set up by email using the student's PayPams account.
OPTION 2: PAYPAMS MOBILE
You can now get the PayPAMS app for your smartphone. PayPAMS offers a convenient and secure way to manage school meals. Parents can view meal account balances and items purchased at the school cafeteria. PayPAMS will ensure your money goes directly to your student's account. You can download the app at iTunes or Google Play by searching for "PayPAMS." Log into the PayPAMS app with same username and password that you use for www.payPAMS.com
OPTION 3: PERSONAL CHECK
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 to collect on all checks returned by the bank as uncollectible (see CNP Policies Page for more information), and a collection fee in addition to the face value is assessed to the author of the check. 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, money order or cashier’s check for the remainder of the school year.
OPTION 4: 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. Our 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.
Bad Check (NSF) Policy:
Child Nutrition Program returned checks shall be sent to a third party check recovery company. The check recovery company shall draft from the endorser’s account a returned check fee. Checks not collected by the check recovery company shall be returned to the Child Nutrition Program. A letter shall be sent to the endorser informing them that they have ten (10) days to replace the returned check with cash, money order, or certified check. If payment for returned check has not been received after ten (10) days, a worthless check report shall be filed and forwarded to the office of Finance for collection. Students or staff who present a check not collected by the check recovery company shall be required to pay with cash, money order, or cashier’s check for all meals and a la carte items for the remainder of the school year. Non-public local funds shall be deposited into the Child Nutrition Program fund to cover uncollected bad checks.
Meal Charge Policy:
The goal of the Hoover City Schools district is to provide student access to nutritious meals at no or low-cost each school day. However, unpaid charges place a large financial burden on our school. The purpose of this policy is to ensure compliance with federal requirements for the USDA Child Nutrition Program and to provide oversight and accountability for the collection of outstanding student meal balances. The intent of this policy is to establish procedures to address unpaid meal charges throughout the Hoover City Schools Child Nutrition Program. The provisions of this policy pertain to regular priced school breakfast and lunch meals only. The Hoover City Schools Child Nutrition Program provides this policy as a courtesy to those students in the event that they forget or lose their lunch money. Charging of items outside of the reimbursable meals (a la carte items, adult meals, etc.) is expressly prohibited. See the full Meal Charge Policy