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Free & Reduced Meals

Healthy School Meals for All

Jeffco Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) believes that access to healthy meals is essential to student success. Thanks to the passage of the Healthy School Meals for All in November 2022, beginning in the 2023-24 school year, all students will eat for free, regardless of income eligibility.

Families that are eligible for free and reduced lunch should still complete a Student Benefits Application to receive other benefits and free access to district programs.

Families must submit a new Student Benefits Application every year. Forms are available starting July 1 every year.

When completing the Student Benefits Application, families can agree to share information from the form to avoid having to pay certain district or program fees.

Allow at least 10 business days to hear from the Food & Nutrition Office after submitting an application.

Formal complaints regarding civil rights violations in relation to student benefits can be filed by completing the Jeffco FNS Discrimination Complaint Form.

Annual Family Letters

Community Eligibility Provision

Complete the Student Benefits Application

Before completing a Student Benefits Application, please review the Student Benefits Application instructions:

You an either complete the Student Benefits Application online, or fill out a paper Student Benefits Application.

Option 1: Complete an Online Student Benefits Application

  1. Review the annual family letter
  2. Go to SchoolCafé.com. Sign in to your account if you have one, or create a new account.
  3. Complete the online application.

Option 2: Complete a Paper Student Benefits Application

  1. Review the annual family letter
  2. Contact your school or FNS to request a paper application or download the application.
  3. Deliver the completed and signed application to your school’s front office or the Food & Nutrition Office at 809 Quail Street, Building 1, Lakewood, CO 80215.

How to Create a SchoolCafé Account

Contact Us

School Nutrition Office

Phone: 303-982-6916
Email: freeandreduced@jeffco.k12.co.us

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or

2. fax:

833-256-1665 or 202-690-7442; or

3. Email: 

program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.