Payments & Procedures

CNS_Northfield Schools offers Breakfast LunchStudents and staff may purchase meals and food items by submitting a payment to their meal account or by making a payment at the time of service. New students and staff are assigned an individual meal account with a 4-digit personal identification number (PIN). Returning students use the same PIN as in the previous year.

Families may pay for meals using cash, check or our online payment systems. Checks may be made out to Northfield Public Schools and must include the student’s first and last name and personal identification number (PIN). All schools have payment envelopes and collection boxes placed in the Child Nutrition area for receipt of payments. Cash payments will be accepted in a sealed envelope with the student and parent’s first and last name, PIN, and the amount of payment written on the outside of the envelope. Payments may also be mailed to Northfield Public Schools, Child Nutrition Office, 1400 Division Street South, Northfield, MN 55057.

Online Payment

Payments using a debit/credit card or a checking account can be made online through Family Access.

Steps for making online payments through Family Access:

    • Go to and click on the blue button that says “Family Access” or click the button below. You can either login to Family Access to continue or apply for a Family Access account if you do not have one.
    • After you have logged into Family Access, you will need to click on the Food Service tab to the left of the screen.
    • This will bring up your child/children. Click “Make a Payment” (next to the child’s name),
    • Next click update payment amount for the student.
    • Enter the amount and click on update cart.
    • Complete these steps for each additional child or if your order is complete click the “Pay with Vendor” button located on the top right of current page.
    • Click “Go to check out” button.
    • Set up an account with RevTrak using your email address.
    • Continue to follow prompts to complete billing and payment information.
    • Please note that RevTrak is currently working on a single login integration with Family Access. We are hopeful that this will be implemented during the 2017-18 school year to simplify the payment process.

Make a payment through Family Access »

Account Balance Statements

Parents or guardians are responsible for monitoring their student’s meal account balances. Child Nutrition Services will make every reasonable effort to notify families of the need for a meal account payment. We utilize an automated school messenger system to contact families about low and negative balances using both phone calls and email notifications.

Family Access will allow you to view meal account balances, payments and purchases. Statements will be made available upon request or can be printed using Family Access. To request a statement, parents, guardians and staff may contact the kitchen at each school or the district office. We will make every reasonable effort to contact you if your students account balance is running low or negative. Please review the following procedure for any questions that you may have concerning your students account balance.

Negative Balance and NSF Procedure »

The district is under no obligation to serve students with insufficient meal account funds or students who do not have the necessary forms completed to receive free or reduced meal benefits. Child Nutrition Services may provide a meal for students. Parents/guardians will still be responsible for the cost of the meal provided.


Balances remaining on accounts at the end of the school year will be automatically carried forward when school reopens. Balances follow students to their next building assignment. Meal purchases should be monitored to maintain a positive lunch balance. Refund requests must be submitted in writing and received by Child Nutrition Services no more than 5 days after the last day of school. A check will be issued in the amount of the refund. No cash refunds will be made.

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