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Paying for Meals

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Meals for the school year are available to students at no charge.  Breakfasts and Lunches are a part of the face-to-face educational school day for the school year!

School meals are proven to support learning, boost test scores and improve attendance and classroom behavior.

Please view our Menus for the fresh breakfast and lunch offerings our team happily prepares for your child each school day.


Meals at No Cost vs Single Purchase Items

Breakfast and lunch meals are available to all CCSD enrolled students at no charge.

A student must select items that meet the nutritional standards established by the USDA.

Single milk cartons, a la carte items (chips, cookies, ice cream, drinks), extra sides or extra meals will need to be purchased. You may add money to your student’s account to pay for these items on MyPaymentsPlus.com, or pay with cash.


No Cost Meals FAQ

Q: Are meals offered at no cost?
A: Yes, a student may receive one breakfast and lunch meal each school day.

Q: Why is my student being charged for milk?
A: In order to receive a meal at no cost, students must select items that meet the nutritional standards established by the USDA. Single milk cartons, a la carte items (chips, cookies, ice cream, drinks), extra sides, or meals will need to be purchased.

Q: Do I need to fill out a family meal application?
A: Currently, Meals are available to all CCSD enrolled students at no charge due to a waiver from USDA. Breakfasts and Lunches are a part of the face-to-face educational school day and family meal applications are not needed to qualify.

A family meal application is available for families whose income may qualify them for the following opportunities:

  • In the event that the federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program is offered to Cobb County School District enrolled students for the 2021-2022 school year. 
  • To allow for eligibility benefits to extend 30-days into the 2022-2023 school year if no cost meals do not continue in school year 2022-2023.
  • In case you need proof of eligibility for discounts.

  • Fill out the Online Family Meal Application
    or
    Download or print the Family Meal Application and return via email at Meals@cobbk12.org or send to: FNS, 6975 Cobb International Blvd, Kennesaw, GA 30152

Q: Where will breakfast be offered at my student’s school?
A: Contact your local café manager to determine exactly where breakfast will be offered at your student’s school.  

Questions? Contact us at Meals@Cobbk12.org


Family Meal Application Information


A la Carte Purchases

Many schools have great a la carte items for purchase.  All items meet USDA’s Smart Snacks in Schools standards. This ensures that specific fat, calorie and sodium guidelines are met. Items offered include bottled water, 100% juice, baked snack items, ice cream, and protein rich snacks. These items are offered to enhance the meal experience or to save for an afternoon pick me up. Each school works to customize their offerings based on their customer’s preferences.  Contact your local school for a list of items offered and their prices. 


Pre-Pay through My Payments Plus

To save time when coming through the serving line, you can add funds to your cafeteria account with a major credit card by telephone (1-866-535-1707), or through the internet at MyPaymentsPlus.com.

To set up a MyPaymentsPlus account, you will need each child’s CCSD Student ID number (or your EID if a CCSD employee). The student ID can be obtained by contacting your child’s local school.

Registering online with MyPaymentsPlus allows you to view your student’s account balances, purchase history, and payment history online, and even be notified by email when account balances fall below a designated amount. You do not have to make prepayments to use these features.

Please note that a 4.75% program fee applies to each payment made through MyPaymentsPlus.com. The Cobb County School District does not receive any portion of these fees. All program fees go directly to MyPaymentsPlus.com to cover the costs associated with providing the service (website hosting, technical support, credit card processing, and other related bank fees).

For questions regarding MyPaymentsPlus, please contact MyPaymentsPlus support for assistance.


Cash

You may pay into an account for your student with cash or check sent to the school. If paying with cash at elementary school, put it in a sealed envelope with your student’s first and last name and "Meal Payment" on it. Also, please write the teacher's name and grade on the outside of the envelope.


Check

Make check payable to: School Name Cafe (ex: Acworth Cafe). When paying by check, write your student's (first and last) name on the check. If you know your child's CCSD student ID number, please include this on the check. Use a separate check for each child to ensure that the correct amount of money is applied to each child's account.

If you need to know how much money is on your child's cafeteria account, you may call or email the school's café manager, or setup a free account at MyPaymentsPlus.com where you can view balances and purchase history.  The cashier can also provide balance information to your student.


Meal Accounts - Refunds, Transfers to Siblings, or Donations

If you have a student leaving the Cobb County School District, any remaining funds in their meal account can be transferred to another sibling in the district, refunded, or donated (donations will be used solely to pay off charges remaining from years before the USDA waivers that permit us to offer no cost meals). To request a refund, funds transfer, or make a donation, please submit your request using our online request form.

Optionally, if you are only transferring funds between siblings enrolled in CCSD, you have the option of doing so online via MyPaymentsPlus.com for any registered students on your account. There is a $2.99 convenience fee for this service for a full year of access to transfers.

Contact the Food and Nutrition Services office at 770-426-3380 if you have questions or need further assistance. 


Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) and Chargebacks

It is the policy of Cobb County School District (CCSD) Food and Nutrition Services that two instances of either:

  • A check payment returned for non-sufficient funds, stop payment, or closed account
  • A disputed MyPaymentsPlus online payment (chargeback)

Will result in permanent suspension of Check and/or Online Payment privileges for the duration of your child/children’s attendance in the Cobb County School District. This revocation of payment privileges will extend to all members in the household.