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Healthy School Meals for All Important Information

Update on 2023-24 Meal Service for Jeffco Students
Posted on 07/26/2023


Originally published June 29, 2023. Updated July 26, 2023.

Thanks to the passage of Healthy School Meals for All (HSMA) by Colorado voters, all students in Jeffco Public Schools who attend a school participating in the National School Lunch Program will now have access to healthy and nutritious meals at no cost beginning in the 2023-24 school year, regardless of income eligibility. View this webpage to learn more about what meal service will look like for students in the 2023-24 school year.

Families are still encouraged to complete a meal benefits application

Families are not required to complete a Meal Benefits Application; however, all families are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Completing a Meal Benefits Application will help with additional education funding for schools and may allow for waivers of school-related fees.

  • This Application is now available on School Café.

    • You must log in to School Café or set up a new School Café account; you will need an account and may not complete an application as a guest.

    • Once you log in, select Apply on the left side of the screen (under Benefits) and this will take you to the Meal Benefits Application.

  • All household income information provided through the Meal Benefits Application is strictly confidential and protected by law. Please note: Only one application is required for all students in the household. Families who are receiving benefits through programs such as SNAP, TANF, and FDPIR do not need to complete a Meal Benefits Application.

  • While online applications are preferred, paper applications are available at your student’s school as well as the Food & Nutrition Services office - 809 Quail St., Building 1, Lakewood, Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

  • Contact Lorena Gomez-Vazquez, Free & Reduced Specialist, Food and Nutrition Services, with questions about applications at [email protected].

Some schools will not accept a Meal Benefits Application

  • Families will need to complete a separate Family Economic Data Survey application for any student who attends a school that does not provide food services through the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

  • The following schools will require a separate Family Economic Data Survey application for students:

    • Compass Montessori School (Golden and Wheat Ridge)

    • HOPE Academy at Collegiate

    • Jeffco Remote Learning Program (JRLP)

    • Jeffco Virtual Academy

    • Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen

    • Two Roads Charter School

  • Please contact your student’s school for information on how to complete the Family Economic Data Survey application.

  • Contact Katie Jeter, Director of Resources, Food & Nutrition Services, with any other questions regarding National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs or applications at [email protected].

Note: If you have questions about meal service, please call your student’s school. Families are entitled to language interpretation services at no cost, so you can ask your school to add an over-the-phone interpreter to the call. Charter school families, please check with your school for more information. 

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