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Meal Payment

SchoolCafé is Jeffco’s system for families to:

  • Add funds online to purchase a la carte snacks and additional entrees.
  • Check balances and make payments for cafeteria purchases. 
  • Submit a Student Benefits Applications for free and reduced lunch.
  • View menus.

Visit SchoolCafé

Please note:

  • There is a $2.95 fee for online transactions up to $500.
  • Payments can also be made in person with cash or check at your school's cafeteria.
    • Make checks payable to: Jeffco Food and Nutrition Services.

Create a SchoolCafé Account

Make Online SchoolCafé Payments

Meal and A la Carte Charging

Student accounts may not go negative

  • Families are expected to keep student meal accounts current.
  • Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, students can only purchase additional meals or a la carte items using cash or money in their SchoolCafe account.

Collections of delinquent meal payments

As defined by USDA, delinquent debt includes unpaid meal charges that are considered collectible, and efforts are being made to collect them. Delinquent debt, or a negative balance, remains on the accounting documents until it is collected.

View the complete Meal Charge procedure:


Families may request a refund of their student meal account at any time using the refund request process. If a refund request is not received, families will be given a refund of their student meal account 12 months after the student leaves the district or graduates. These refunds will be given annually. Families may also choose to donate account balances to assist with family accounts with delinquent debt or bad debt.

If you wish to receive a refund from your student’s account, complete this form and submit it to your school's kitchen manager.

Student Meal Refund Request Form

Contact Us

Food & Nutrition Services

Phone: 303-982-6748
SchoolCafé Help: 1-855-729-2328

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