School Nutrition Services
Online Payment

  PayPams Information​


Parents are encouraged to place money on their student's account in advance. Advance payment allows the cafeteria to provide the most efficient service to all customers.

Money may be placed in your student's account for the convenience of purchasing extra items for students.

You may send cash, personal checks, money orders, cashier's checks, or make payments online.

Include the following information with your payment:
  • Student's full name
  • Personal identification number (PIN)
  • Teacher's name
If paying for more than one student, please list all student names, PINs and teacher names.

PAMS (Parent Account Management System) online payment service

There is no cost to you to pay on line, check account balances or view purchase history.

Signing up for PAYPAMS

Step 1:
 Register with PAMS: Click on the PayPams image above or go to You can also call 1-877-726-7586.

Step 2: Choose your Payment Options: Make manual payments at your convenience or set up automatic payments.

Step 3: Make a Payment: Pay by credit or VISA logo debit card. You will receive an immediate confirmation that your payment has been received. (Payments take 24 to 48 hours to post to your student’s account at his/her school cafeteria.)

Refunds on Closed Accounts
Parents of students leaving CMS have up to 90 days to request a refund of money on account or have it transferred to another CMS student. Amounts less than $5 will be transferred, upon request, to another CMS student account but not refunded. Contact the School Nutrition Services office at (980) 343-6041 to request a refund or transfer of money on account.

Purchase Adjustments / 30 Day Limit
School Nutition Services (SNS) offers an online service to give parents access to the activity on their child's lunch account. The online service can be accessed daily to check balances and purchases made by students. Parents have the option to make payments through this service, but this is an option and is not required in order to view activity on the account. The parent/guardian has 30 days from the date a purchase is posted to dispute questionable charges to the account.

Lunch activity may be obtained by creating an online account at

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.  Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1)      mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or 

(3)        email:

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P.O. Box 30035
Charlotte, NC 28230-0035
Phone: 980-343-3000
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