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Nutrition Program

Nutrition Services will support our students and their education through fresh, wholesome food, a strong focus on nutrition and unparalleled customer service.

Full bellies support hungry minds! The Food Service Program is an essential part of the total educational program. Well-nourished students are better prepared to receive the instruction of the school day.  

Lunch and breakfast are available at all schools. In addition to the daily entrees, salad bars and other food bar choices are available during the week. For information about our menus and other food bar choices, please see our Interactive Menu, which includes each food item offered as well as nutritional information.

As part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs, all schools offer meals for free or at a reduced price. Free and reduced-price meal paper applications are available in school offices and the Nutrition Services Department. Only one application is required per family. Every district family is encouraged to complete and return an application. Families are encouraged to apply online to expedite the approval process.


*Apply for Free and Reduced Meals Online (Apply Here)
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* If at any time during the school year your income, or household size changes, you may reapply at any time even after a prior eligibility determination has been made.  If you have questions please call 623-876-7075.

Grace Period for last years eligibility has expired as of 9/17/2019! If you have not received notification in an email or letter regarding eligibility for your students for SY 19/20,  your students are now full pay.  All parents are encouraged to review your student's current eligibility for SY 19/20. If their eligibility has expired, please fill out a free or reduced application as soon as possible. You can apply online at http://www.schoolcafe.com, or pick up a paper application at your schools front office.  All meals received during the laps in coverage will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian. Eligibility does not retro act. 

 Alternative/emergency meals will be provided to students once they have reached the negative balance threshold, after charging three meals to their meal account. An alternative/emergency meal, consisting of a sandwich, choice of fruit and/or vegetable, salad bar, and choice of milk will be  provided until the student’s charge account is satisfied. Students already approved for free meal benefits will not be affected by negative balances. 

All families are encouraged to create a meal account online at  www.schoolcafe.com to receive low and negative balance alerts, add funds (No fee with $10 minimum  deposit), set restrictions, and view your student's purchase history. There are no fees for service. 

If you received meal benefits in SY 19/20, your household MUST fill out a new application for free or reduced meals for the current school year, unless your household is a Directly Certified household (via SNAP, TANF, FDPIR, or Foster). 

School Nutrition photo of student taking items from a salad barParents are always welcome to dine with their child. Please be sure to call in advance and check in at the school office. Per Maricopa County Health Department regulations, no home-made treats or snacks can be shared or sold on campus. Bake sales, classroom parties or other activities involving food must include commercially prepared items. Please consult your school's front office regarding specific nutrition procedures.

Breakfast in the Classroom is offered every day at no charge at the following schools: 

El Mirage Elementary
Thompson Ranch Elementary
Riverview Elementary
Surprise Elementary
Dysart Elementary

All other Schools:
 
Student Regular Price
Elementary Lunch $2.60
Elementary Breakfast $1.25
High School Lunch $2.85
High School Breakfast $1.25

Student Reduced Price
Elementary Lunch $.40
Elementary Breakfast $.30
High School Lunch $.40
High School Breakfast $.30

Adult Price  
Elementary Lunch $3.50
Elementary Breakfast $1.75
High School Lunch $3.50
High School Breakfast $1.75
   
 
 
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In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
 
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
 
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
  2. 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  3. fax: (202) 690-7442; or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.