Food & Nutrition Services

Dear DPS Families,

All students in DPS will have access to free healthy, nutritious school meals beginning in the 2023-24 school year thanks to the Healthy School Meals for All program approved by Colorado voters! While meals will be provided for free to all DPS students through Healthy School Meals for All, families will still need to complete a form to ensure DPS gets full access to available federal funding.

What this means for families:

Learn more about the Healthy School Meals for All program in a short video in English and Spanishthis flier (Spanish is on page 2), or by visiting the Healthy School Meals for All website.

If you have questions about completing the You Benefit! form, please contact the DPS Food & Nutrition Services department by calling 720-423-5600 or emailing the inbox.


Theresa Hafner
Executive Director, DPS Food & Nutrition Services

What can families expect for the 2023-24 school year?

Meal Prices

complete Breakfast and Lunch will be offered free of charge to students during the 2023-2024 school year. Second entrees and any a la carte items may be purchased with cash or using a student’s MySchoolBucks account.  Adult meals are available for $3.00 for breakfast and $5.00 for lunch.

All DPS families are encouraged to complete a You Benefit! form to receive other benefits, including fee waivers, P-EBT, and to maximize funding for the district and for additional funding for your child’s school.

A La Carte Pricing

Additional items from the daily menu, as well as selected other foods, juice and water beverages that comply with the USDA Smart Snacks in School standards may be purchased as an a la carte item to compliment school meals or meals brought from home.

All extra purchases require funds to be available (in My School Bucks or cash) at the time of purchase.

A La Carte Items

What will meal prices be in the 2023-2024 school year?

Lunch Menus can be found here.

MySchool Bucks

From the cafeteria to the classroom, pay anytime, anywhere from your computer or smartphone. Money can be added to student accounts using

Follow these steps to log in to MySchoolBucks through your Parent Portal account:
  1. Log in to your Parent Portal account.
  2. You may click on “See All Apps,” “District,” or “School.” All of the options are located at the top of the page.
  3. If you click on “See All Apps,” you may click on the blue text titled “MySchoolBucks.”
  4. If you click on “District,” you may click on either the “Add Lunch Money” task or on “MySchoolBucks” under Related Apps.
  5. If you click on “School,” you may click on “Pay for Student Meals & Fees Online” or on “MySchoolBucks” under Related Apps.
  6. When the Denver Public Schools screen appears, enter your Parent Portal username and password. MySchoolBucks will then ask you if you are a New or Existing user.
  7. Click the “Existing MySchoolBucks User” button to link your Parent Portal account to your existing MySchoolBucks account. You will be prompted to enter your existing MySchoolBucks username and password.
  8. If you don’t have an existing MySchoolBucks account, click the “New MySchoolBucks User” button and follow the prompts to set up a new account.

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