Method To Apply

Free & Reduced Meals

Jeffco Food and Nutrition Services believes that access to healthy meals is essential to student success, and some students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Jeffco utilizes SchoolCafé for online applications, which are the fastest and easiest way to be approved for meal benefits, but feel free to contact FNS or your school if you would prefer a paper application.

Prior to submitting an application, please review the Annual Family Letters below. Online applications for free or reduced priced meals will be submitted through SchoolCafé.com. Returning users can log in to submit their application for 2019-20 on or after July 1st. First-time users of SchoolCafé will need to create an account . Instructions for creating an account and completing an application are available below.

Remember, families must reapply for free or reduced-price meals every year on or after July 1.

NEW for 2019-2020:

On April 25, 2019, the Expansion of the Lunch Protection Act (HB19-1171) was passed! This means that the $0.40 copay for reduced-priced lunch meals will be covered for students in ALL grades. (Previously, the copay is only covered for PK-8th grade students.) This means that reduced-eligible students will receive both breakfast and lunch at no cost at all grade levels.

If you elect to fill out a paper application, please return the completed and signed application to the front office at your school or the Food & Nutrition Office at 809 Quail Street, Building 1, Lakewood, CO 80215.

View 2019-2020 Family Letters:

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How to Create a SchoolCafé Account: 

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How to Apply Online with SchoolCafé :

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Children who qualify for free or reduced priced meals may also qualify for other fee waivers. When completing the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application, families have the option of consenting to the disclosure of the application information to waive school district/program fees.

Please allow at least 10 business days to hear back from the Food & Nutrition Office after submitting an application to allow time for processing.

Formal complaints regarding civil rights violations in relation to Free & Reduced benefits can be filed by filling out this form:

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, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

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 responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or 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 discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.