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Welcome to Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Services!


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New to SchoolCafe? Setting up an account is easy! 

Fill out a Meal Application, access student purchase history, view school menus, set-up a la carte purchasing restrictions, and MORE!  Here is an easy step-by-step GUIDE to help set up an account for your student.

Curbside Pick-Up Schedule

Beginning November 3, all curbside Grab and Go meal sites will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays 4-6pm only. Patrons will pick up breakfast and lunch for Wednesday and Thursday on Tuesdays and meals for Friday, Monday, and Tuesday on Thursdays.  Meals are ready to heat and eat at home (heating instructions are below under "Additional KVA Information").

Pick Up Procedure:

  • Drive to desired site location and remain in vehicle line until you reach a pick-up station.
  • If children are not present in the vehicle, show a staff member an approved form of documentation for each child (see below for acceptable forms of documentation).
  • Meal bags & milk will be placed on a table/cart.
  • You will get out of your vehicle to retrieve meal(s) & milk(s),
    • You will receive 2 breakfasts and 2 lunches on Tuesday (intended for Wednesday and Thursday meals); and 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches on Thursday (intended for Friday, Monday and Tuesday’s meals) for each child.
  • Please do not get out of line and walk up to receive your meals. You will be instructed to return to your vehicle and get in line.

Free Meals Now Through June 2021!

Through an extended waiver from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Katy ISD is providing free meals to all students beginning, Monday, September 21. On-campus and virtual students can receive breakfast and lunch at no cost through June 2021, or pending available funds through USDA and TDA.

All students are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day per federal guidance.  For example, if the student eats breakfast and lunch at school, the student is not eligible to pick up meals at the Grab ‘N Go sites. 

On-Campus Students

Students attending on-campus instruction are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch at no cost beginning Sept. 21.

Parents may add funds to their student’s meal account for a la carte purchases and in preparation for when the USDA waiver ends in their student’s Pay N’ Go Account.

Once this waiver expires, the District will switch back to the School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Free and reduced meal applications must still be submitted for the 2020-2021 school year to determine benefits after the waiver ends. Visit to apply online.

Katy Virtual Academy Students

Free curbside meals, breakfast and lunch, are available to students participating in virtual learning, as well as children 18 and under, who are not enrolled in Katy ISD.

Participants are able to pick up breakfast and lunch meals, curbside from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Meals are packaged to be heated and eaten at home.  Meals are to be picked up prior to the intended use.  Breakfast and lunch kits picked up on Tuesday evening, for example, would be consumed Wednesday morning/ afternoon and Thursday morning/afternoon. Pick up is available at these sites:

  • Morton Ranch HS
  • Mayde Creek HS
  • Cinco Ranch HS
  • Katy HS
  • Tompkins HS

Please remember, the Texas Department of Agriculture policy now requires parents picking up meals without a child present to present documentation for each child. (Accepted documentation is official letter/email/electronic school application, student report card, student ID card, attendance records with student’s names, or a birth certificate.  Only one form is required.) You can find your Student’s ID number in the Home Access Center, by selecting the ‘Registration’ icon.  Under Demographics, you will see your student’s ID displayed. Click here for more information.

Additional KVA Information

Food Safety: 

The Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Service Department is here to ensure every child continues to have access to safe, nutritious school meals whether that child is attending Katy Virtual Academy or attending school in-person.  School meals play an important role in fueling healthy minds and bodies.  For more information on school meal safety click on this link: Safe, Nutritious School Meals: Something You Can Count on for 2020-21

Meal Payment Information:

  • Payment for meals is encouraged to be cashless through the  Pay N' Go App

  • Cash and checks for meal payment will be accepted curbside and change will be deposited on the student’s account.   

  • Students’ positive and negative cafeteria account balances from last year have rolled forward to the current school year.

What Makes a Meal?

The federal Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 requires students paying the set meal price to take menu components that meet the meal pattern. The meal pattern consists of FIVE components: meat/meat alternate, grain, fruit, vegetable and milk.

If the minimum number of components for each meal are not chosen by the student, a la carte charges will be charged.


● Must choose at least three of the four offered items to make a meal.
● Must choose one fruit or a juice as one of the items to receive the meal price.


● Must choose at least three of the five offered components to make a meal.
● Must choose at least a half cup of fruit or vegetable to receive the meal price.

A la Carte:

● Extra entrees, extra sides, chips, ice cream, cookies, etc. are all charged a la carte prices and are not included in the meal
● For example, if a student gets a meal of chicken nugget, mashed potatoes, and milk, but they want an extra portion of chicken nuggets, that extra portion is not considered a part of the meal and will be charged an additional $2.75. 
● If a parent wishes to restrict a la carte purchases, they may do so on their student's account in SchoolCafe.    

Regarding Student Meal Account Balances

If your student(s) will be returning in August to Katy ISD, their current cafeteria balance will roll forward to next school year.

Has your family experienced a change in economic status?
You may qualify for meal benefits!  Click Meal Applications to apply today.

Online Payments for Cafeteria Balance:
Katy ISD offers Pay N' Go as your one-stop shop for making payments online!

- Pay Cafeteria Balances, Student Course Fees, Transfer Fees and more!
- No Processing/Transaction Fees!     
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We are also offering an improved cafeteria system SchoolCafe!  

- Apply for Meal Benefits 
- Print your Eligibility Notification Letter
- View Purchase History
- Set Purchase Preferences (a la carte options),
- View Menus
- View Nutritional Information including Allergens
- Build a Tray to make a complete meal 

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Mission Statement

The Nutrition and Food Service Department of the Katy Independent School District promotes healthy eating by providing nutritious meals to the students, teachers, staff & visiting patrons of the district.



The Nutrition and Food Service Department is here to help Katy ISD students have a successful year.  Please contact us if you need any assistance.


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