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MealTime Overview

For the 2016-17 school year, an updated version of the computerized system for purchasing meals was implemented.

Students will have accounts that will be utilized to deposit funds for meals and a la carte purchases. Deposited funds can be used to purchase breakfast, lunch, milk or a la carte items and will help to minimize theft and loss. The system also protects the anonymity and confidentiality of students who qualify for free or reduced meals. The program will allow the purchase of one breakfast, and one lunch per day at the meal price set up for Full Paying, Reduced or Free qualifying status. If a student purchases a second meal, extra milk or other a la carte items they will be charged at the per item price regardless of eligibility.  

The management system also keeps track of how your student is spending their deposited funds and requests to view a student’s account history can be made at any time at the Nutrition Services office.  

In an effort to speed up meal service, offer privacy, and convenience at our elementary schools, students may use a finger scan to identify themselves and use deposited funds for meal purchases. This system offers complete privacy and use of the device is 100% optional (Opt-out form PDF).  If a family does not wish to participate, they will still be able to access their account and participate in the meal program using their name or student ID number to identify themselves.

The system does not store an image or photo of the student’s fingerprint.  The scanner examines a few data points of a finger and generates a unique number based on those points to create a secure key called a "string". Only the string value is retained for reference back to the student. These numbers cannot be converted into an actual fingerprint image; fingerprints cannot be regenerated or reproduced for any purpose. 

This product is used by restaurants, hospitals, and other school districts across the country. For information about the meal service system and scanners, visit

If you have any questions regarding the changes to our meal management system or any questions about school nutrition please contact Nutrition Services at (503) 785-8779.