• 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 Food 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. 

Meal Prices

  • The district provides meals free of cost for all students at the following seven schools:
    Casa Grande Middle School, Cholla Elementary, Cottonwood Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Mesquite Elementary, Palo Verde Elementary, Saguaro Elementary
    (Please note - meal applications are not needed at these seven schools.)

    For the remaining schools (Ironwood Elementary, Desert Willow Elementary, Cactus Middle, Villago Middle, and McCartney Ranch Elementary) student meal prices will remain the same. If you have a student attending anyone of these schools, you are encouraged to submit a Free & Reduced Meal Application to determine eligibility. 


    • Breakfast - $1.00
    • Lunch - $2.35

    Middle School

    • Breakfast - $1.00
    • Lunch - $2.60

    Adult Meals

    • Breakfast - $2.50
    • Lunch - $3.50

Alysia Ruelas

  • Alysia Ruelas

    Director of Nutrition Services

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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, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:program.intake@usda.gov.

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.