CSD COVID-19 Student Meal Account Balance Options

  • Dear Parents,


    Thank you for continuing to support the school nutrition program. We wanted to make you aware that your child’s lunch account funds will be rolled over and available for use next school year. Parents always have access to their child’s account balance in our parent portal. We encourage all parents to sign-up for this service. From the portal you are able to monitor your student’s account and add funds to their balance. Instructions for accessing the parent portal and adding funds are on the district’s webpage at https://www.csdecatur.net/Page/1400. If your child will not be returning to City Schools of Decatur you may complete a Pay It Forward/Transfer/Refund Form to request a meal balance movement. This form allows parents to donate the remaining funds in their account to help cover other students that may need assistance or to pay off student meal charges within the City Schools of Decatur Nutrition Program. If you would prefer, you may request a fund transfer to a sibling or a refund of the account’s balance. Let me express our on-going appreciation for your participation in our school meal program. Take care, be safe and healthy.




    Tiffany Lawrence

    Director of School Nutrition

CSD Student Pay It Forward/Transfer/Refund Form

Paying for Meals

  • Students may pay for meals by the day, week, or month. Money is put in an account set up for each student and money is debited from the account as they purchase meals. You can send cash or checks to school with your child to pay for meals. Please make sure your child has money for lunch every day.

    Students paying for lunchIf you are paying with cash, put it in a sealed envelope and write your child's first and last name on the envelope, as well as their lunch number. For elementary school students, please write the teacher's name and grade on the outside of the envelope.

    If you are paying by check, write your child's first and last name on the check, as well as their lunch number. Use a separate check for each child to ensure that the correct amount of money is applied to each child's account.

    If you are paying online, log on to the Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, contact your child's school to obtain one.

    Families now have the option of using an online service to fund their child's lunch account. Examine these directions regarding how you  would use this service through the Parent Portal. If you need your Parent Portal login information, please go to your child's school in person with identification.



    To check your child(ren)'s balance:  

    Log on to the Parent Portal. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, contact your child's school to obtain one.


    From the Parent Portal, select Food Service on the left menu bar under Family. Here you will see your child(ren)'s name(s), their account number(s), and the balance(s) in each account.


    If a negative balance is shown, please send payment with your child!


    Charging Meals 


    Charging meals is discouraged, although sometimes unavoidable. Parents will be notified after two meals have been charged, and no more than three charges will be allowed. Starting in 2019 we no longer offer alternative meals to students who have to charge their account, however they will be strongly encouraged to bring payment the next day.