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Meal Payments

Payment Plan /PIN (Personal Identification Number)

The QV Café uses a computerized system for meal purchases at all Quaker Valley schools which allows parents to pay in advance for meals and/or a la carte items. Students access their accounts using a PIN pad. 


Soon after enrolling your child in Quaker Valley, he/she will be sent a student number. The student should memorize this number as it will remain the same from kindergarten through 12th grade. All students who make a purchase in the cafeteria must enter their number, whether they pay with cash or with money from their account. For security purposes, a monitor displays the student’s picture when students enter their number.  Any balance on the account is transferred from year to year, school to school.


Meal Payments

A complete breakfast meal is free for all students; a complete breakfast is: choice of entree, two fruits OR one fruit and 4 oz. 100% fruit juice, and choice of milk. A regular  lunch meal will cost $3.35. A complete lunch meal includes: choice of entree, choice of 2 vegetables, choice of 2 fruits, and choice of milk.  Premium meals are available at the Middle School & High School for $4.00. A premium meal is more labor-intensive to prepare. If students do not take a complete meal, they will be charged a la carte pricing for their food choices. Adult Lunch meal will cost $4.90.  


The breakfast and lunch meal must be a complete meal (not a la carte items). If your student wishes to purchase a la carte items, parents may use a debit or credit card to pay for school meals through the secure online service called SchoolCafe Parents must sign up and when a payment is made, will receive a confirmation email. By using SchoolCafe, parents can view their student's purchases and account balances free of charge. A convenience fee of $2.25 is added to each family transaction. To avoid the convenience fee of $2.25 from SchoolCafe, students can pay daily as they go through the line or parents can send cash or check (made out to QV Cafe) to the main office by mail. 

Cash or Check

Parents can send in a check or money order payable to "QV Cafe". When paying for more than one student in different schools with one check, it is necessary to specify the students' numbers, as well as the dollar amount for each student. If you do not specify, the amount will be divided equally between the students.  Students can also pay daily with cash. 

Paying for School Meals
The QV Cafe feeds all children, regardless of their ability to pay for meals. Parents can apply for federal assistance using the free and reduced application online.
Families who do not qualify for assistance are asked to load their student's accounts in advance with the amount their students may spend in a month. When the balance gets below $5.00, an automated call and email is generated once a week to alert families of the low balance. 
If a student has a negative balance, they are not permitted to buy a la carte food. 
Managing Your Child's Nutrition
The QV Cafe software also allows cafeteria workers to highlight student accounts with specific information such as allergies, special diet needs, and account restrictions. Please contact the Food Services Administrative Assistant with these requests. They can help set up alerts on the account. 

Sample alerts parents/guardians can set up:

Meals Only, No Extras

Students can only take the first meal (Breakfast and Lunch) and are not able to purchase a second meal, a la carte items, snacks, or beverages.


Cash Only for Extras

Students can only purchase extra items with cash and cannot use the money on their accounts.


1 Snack – Friday Only (or whatever day or days you choose)

We can also accommodate the occasional ala carte purchases by limiting the snacks to only a few days per week.


These flags will show up on the memo screen of the register as your student goes through the line. Our cashiers are trained to watch for notifications with each child. In an effort to keep the line moving, a flag may be accidentally overlooked. Please be considerate.


School Cafeteria Leaders are always available to address questions and concerns about your student’s account. We look forward to nourishing your student’s body and mind with our nutritiously balanced meals and wellness-friendly snacks.



If you have questions, please call Mrs. Carla Escribano, MS, RD, LDN, Director of Food Services, at 412-749-3610.