Nutrition Services

The Amherst Exempted Village School District is recognized as a leader in developing best practices in promoting healthy school nutrition and its important connection to learning. Children and young adults need a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day to be successful learners and have the energy to participate in school activities. The Nutrition Services Department is committed to providing nutritious school meals and educating our children with life-long healthy eating habits. Contact us at 440-988-1991 for information on school meal requirements, nutrition guidelines, healthy lifestyles, and the benefits of school lunch.



REMINDER: Please make sure your child has money in their account before going through the breakfast and/or lunch lines. Acceptable payments include cash, check (made payable to "Amherst Nutrition Services"), or online using Pay Schools Central.

School Breakfast Includes: Main entree, fruit and milk
School Lunch Includes: Main entree, fruit, vegetable and milk
K-5 Breakfast = $1.75 and the 6-12 Breakfast = $2.25
K-5 Lunch = $3.25 and the 6-12 Lunch = $3.50
REMINDER: Cash and check payments are accepted at school. Elementary students should have money in an envelope with the student's name written on it. Lunch money should be turned in to the teacher or given to the cashier. To keep lines moving, we do not give change back. Any surplus money will be added to a student's account for future purchases.

District Lunch Menus

District Breakfast Menus

Free and Reduced Breakfast & Lunch

Nutrition Information

PaySchools Central

PaySchools Central

Amherst Schools has transitioned its online payment service from PayForIt to PaySchools Central. PaySchools Central is a secure payment system which simplifies school payments in an easy-to-use online portal. It enables parents to fund lunch accounts and pay required and optional fees online quickly and easily. PaySchools Central also allows parents to opt into and manage email reminders about their student’s accounts, so it’s easy to remember to replenish lunch accounts or pay for that upcoming field trip. PaySchools Central can be accessed via our online portal:, or via convenient mobile app.

How to Get Started
If you are a returning user and had a PayForIt account, you can either log into your PayForIt account and it will forward you to PaySchools Central OR you can go directly to PaySchools Central and login using the same email and password from PayForIt! It's that easy!

If you are a new user to an online payment service or new to the Amherst Schools, go to PaySchools Central and select the "Register" button to sign up! Click on the link below to access the "Setting Up Your Account" document!

Payschool central - setting Up Your Account 

Why PaySchools Central

  • Payments can be made by credit card 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the parents’ convenience – online or via the mobile app
  • Parents can review student purchases, along with account balance information
  • PaySchools Central supports increased communication between our school and our families
  • Online payments are fast, easy to manage (even for multiple students), and more convenient than writing multiple checks
  • At lunch time, our cashiers will spend less time taking cash at the serving lines, so students have more time to eat
  • No more lost lunch money, cash or checks on the journey from home to school!

Convenient Features for Parents

  • Parents can opt in to receive email notifications when a student account balance falls below a threshold set by the parent
  • Parents can use an automatic payment feature which replenishes their student account(s) when the balance falls below a level set by the parent
  • Important school communications are automatically emailed to parents
  • Student information is automatically transferred from year to year and even from school to school
  • Parents can manage accounts for multiple students with a single login
  • Parents can manage payments via an easy-to-use online portal, or while on the go with a convenient mobile app
  • PaySchools is PCI compliant and maintains industry standard SSL certificates. This ensures all data is safe and secure
  • A continuous online survey is provided to monitor parent feedback and ideas

Important Fees
Fees payed online will incur an internet convenience fee. The ACH fee per transaction when using an electronic check is $1.75. When using a debit or credit card this transaction fee is 3.9%.

Lunch transactions will incur a convenience fee. The ACH fee per transaction when using an electronic check is $1.75. When using a debit or credit card for a transaction less than $50 the fee is $1.65. For debit or credit transactions more than $50, the fee is 3.9%.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

Food Service Programs

Summer Food Service Program

All children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.

It's easy to participate and no sign up is required. Simply call 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479), visit or use the Department’s mobile app for meal times and locations (coming soon to the app). The Ohio Department of Education Mobile App is available free of charge in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store, search Ohio Department of Education.

Free Health Coverage

Does your child qualify for the School Lunch Program? If so, your family may qualify for free health coverage. Please click on the Healthy Start & Healthy Families flyer for more information!


Deanne Pastva is the Nutrition Services Supervisor in the Amherst Exempted Village School District and is a registered, licensed dietitian. Deanne was the Food Service Supervisor in the Beachwood City School District for five years and then came to us after working in the Revere Local School District for eight years. She also is the Public Policy and Legislative Chair for the School Nutrition Association of Ohio Board. Deanne received her undergraduate degree from Slippery Rock University, majoring in Community Health. Soon after graduation, she realized she wanted to become a Dietitian. She was a member of the University of Akron's Coordinated Program in Dietetics, finishing her Dietetic requirements in three years.