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Welcome to Katy ISD Nutrition and Food Services!


Free Meals Now Through June 2022!

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.  Students can receive breakfast and lunch at no cost through June 2022.

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.

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 

Complete meal

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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