National School Lunch Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) sponsors the National School Lunch Program. Through this program, students that meet certain criteria may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Free and reduced-price meal applications are available in the school offices, cafeterias, the Food Services Office and here online by clicking the link below. All district schools participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. District menus are analyzed using computer software to ensure that nutrient standards established by the USDA are met.
CGESD Nutrition Services Provides Breakfast and Lunch every day for FREE to all students at Casa Grande Middle School and Cottonwood, Evergreen, Palo Verde, Saguaro, Cholla, and Mesquite Elementary Schools.
Here are some fast facts about our nutrition services team.
- Operates at nine elementary schools and three middle schools
- Offers breakfast and lunch meals free of charge during the summer months at various sites
- Serves an average of 7,000 meals per day
- Serves meals that meet USDA guidelines to provide essential nutrients and less than 30% calories from fat
- Employs 84 members from our community.
Extra breakfast or lunch items requested by students will require a monetary purchase. We recommend using the My School Bucks app. Sign up for a free account online at myschoolbucks.com to view your child's account and meal activity.
- Breakfast - $1.00
- Lunch - $2.35
- Breakfast - $1.00
- Lunch - $2.60
- Breakfast - $3.50
- Lunch - $4.00
Pandemic Free Lunch Program Ending
An important update for CGESD Families
Free breakfast and lunch for All, Grab & Go Meals, and Weekend Meals will no longer be available in the 2022 - 2023 school year.
Grab and Go Meal service will end on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. We will begin our Summer Meal Service Program on May 31st through July 14th, Monday through Thursday.
For a list of locations, please visit www.cgesd.org or text FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 or call: 520-876-3411.
Why could the Pandemic Free School lunch Program end?
The U.S. Senate released the $1.6 trillion fiscal year Omnibus Appropriations bill on March 9, excluding waivers extending the pandemic child nutrition school meals programs.
When waivers expire on June 30, 2022, the USDA will no longer have the authority to provide Food Service program reimbursements that allow all schools to serve free meals to all students during the 2022 -2023 school year. However, summer meals will still be available at designated sites during May 31st through July 14th, Monday through Thursday. For more information go to www.cgesd.org or call 520-876-3411. You can also Text: FOOD or COMIDA to 304-304 for the closes location.
What could this mean for CGESD families?
- CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) schools will remain free for the entire school year. CEP schools include Cholla, Cottonwood, Evergreen, Mesquite, Palo Verde, Saguaro, and CGMS.
- At non-CEP schools, families will need to fill out a 2022-2023 meal application. Non-CEP schools include Desert Willow, Ironwood, McCartney Ranch, Cactus, and Villago.
- Students enrolled In CGOLA do not qualify for Free and Reduced-priced meals. Virtual academies (online schools) are not eligible for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
- Free breakfast and lunch for All, Grab & Go Meals, and Weekend meals will no longer be available in the 2022-2023 school year.
- Free summer meals will remain available for children 18 years and younger.
What do CGESD families need to do?
Parents are encouraged to fill out a 2021-2022 meal application prior to May 26th.
- If eligible for free or reduced meals the eligibility will roll over for the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year.
- After 30 days a new meal application for the 2022-2023 school year will be needed.
- If you did not fill out an application prior to May 26tha new application for 2022-2023 will need to be completed after July 1, 2022.
- Online applications take approximately 3-4 days to process.
- Paper applications take approximately 10 days to process.
Any questions, call Nutrition Services at 520-876-3411.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civilrights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD- 3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint- Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632- 9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2. fax: (202) 690-7442; or
3. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.