Hoover City Schools

Payment Methods

Hoover's Child Nutrition Program offers four ways to deposit money into your child's account:


The service is available for all Hoover families, easy to use, convenient, private, and secure. A per-deposit transaction fee is $1.95. Paying on-line allows you to check your child’s account balance and gives you the option to have an automatic recurring payment when the balance reaches a designated amount. When prepaying on-line 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 on-line 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 the Hoover City School system, regardless of changing schools. Below are some instructions for how to sign up for PayPAMS service (click on icons):

OPTION 2: Pay Pams on your Mobile Device

You can now get the PayPAMS app for your smart phone. PayPAMS offers a simple, 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. 


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.


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. Hoover City School 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.


HCS Board-Approved 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 the assistant Superintendent 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 the remainder of the school year. Non-public local funds shall be deposited into the Child Nutrition Program fund to cover uncollected bad checks.


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