Student Nutrition FAQ's
How does the Computerized Cafeteria Account system work?
The system works just like a checking account. Deposits are made to the student’s individual account and purchases are deducted from the balance.
Each student will use their 6 digit Student ID to access their account. The student’s name and balance are displayed on the cashier’s screen and the purchases are deducted from the account balance. In middle school, freshman center and high school, students swipe their ID badge at the cashier’s station. The student’s ID picture is displayed on the cashier’s screen and a positive identification is made. Purchases are then deducted from the account balance.
How are deposits made to a student’s account?
There are two ways for parents to deposit funds into a student’s account:
1. The Cafeteria Manager collects deposits in the morning before school starts in the Cafeteria. Deposits are immediately entered into the student’s account.
2. Credit card payments can be made online by registering on www.paypams.com
There is a transaction fee charged by PAMS Lunchroom to cover the cost of maintaining the system. (Please allow 24 to 48 hours for the online payment to be posted to the student’s account.)
How do students know their balance?
Students will be notified by the cashier when their balance falls below $4.00 for Elementary and $5.00 for Secondary Schools. Students can also check their balance by entering their Student ID or scanning their badge at any cash register station.
Is charging allowed?
A student will be allowed a grace period of two days to continue to purchase school meals when the account balance has been exhausted. Students are not allowed to purchase ala carte items or extra items during the grace period. An "alternate meal" consisting of vegetables, fruit, grain and milk will be offered when the grace period has ended. Parents are notified by School Messenger when the account balance is below zero.Faculty and District employees are allowed a grace amount of $10.00. If the balance reaches the grace amount, no purchases will be allowed until the account balance is paid in full.
What happens to the money in my child’s account at the end of the school year or if my child transfers to another AISD school?
Money left in an account at the end of the school year will be available for that student’s use in the next school year at any school within the district.
Why are snack items offered at lunch?
In the past, we surveyed parents concerning snacks and the majority of parents wanted snacks offered to students. We set limits on the number of snacks that can be purchased by different age groups. We also limit the types of items that can be sold. If parents want additional restrictions placed on their child’s purchases, they can contact the Cafeteria Manager and have the student’s account blocked.
Where can I find information concerning school parties?
Please refer to the new Texas Department of Agriculture policies and information at www.squaremeals.org
How can I find out what my child is eating at school?
There are two ways to obtain this information:
1. Register at paypams.com. Information is not retroactive. Lunch activity will be posted starting from the day the student's account is linked with the parent account.
2. Request a print-out from your Cafeteria Manager.
What is the Allen ISD Student Nutrition Dept. doing to provide nutritious meals to students?
- All meals are subject to nutritional analysis and must meet weekly criteria to be eligible to serve to students under the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. Such analysis includes calories, saturated fat and sodium assessment, as well as daily and weekly criteria for fruits, vegetables, grains, meat/meat alternatives and milk.
- Vegetables are prepared without the addition of fat and/or sodium.
- Fruits served are fresh or canned in 100% natural fruit juice.
- At elementary & middle school campuses, all breaded and starchy items are always baked rather than fried. In addition, all grain items served are whole-grain rich.
- To promote increased fruit and vegetable consumption among our students, multiple offerings are available for self-service.
- Low-fat 1% white milk, along with skim flavored milk is offered at all schools. At our secondary campuses, milk is available in new plastic jugs.
- Many items the department purchases come from recognizable brand names, such as those you would see in the grocery store. These entrees are available for purchase daily and specifically formulated to meet the healthy guidelines established for the school lunch program. This is also true of our snack offerings.
- The Student Nutrition Department participates in the Texas Farm to School Program which brings fresh picked Texas produce to schools on a weekly basis!
Where can I find nutritional information on specific lunch menu items?
Nutrition and allergen information is located for lunch menu items on this web site. There is also a page with nutrition-related links with additional information on healthy choices to support children and parents. Student Nutrition Parent Newsletter Elementary School Parent Newsletter Middle School Parent Newsletter.