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.
Pandemic Free Lunch Program Ending
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.
Waivers expired on June 30, 2022 and 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. For more information, call 520-876-3411 or go to Nutrition Services.
What could this mean for CGESD families?
- CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) schools will remain free. 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: Desert Willow, Ironwood, McCartney Ranch, Cactus, and Villago.
- Students enrolled in CGOLA do not qualify for Free and Reduced-priced meals.
- Free breakfast and lunch for All, Grab & Go Meals, and Weekend meals will no longer be available in the 2022-2023 school year.
- 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: email@example.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 13166; 7 CFR 246.8(c); DR 4300-003 6 (c.) and 8 c.(3); FNS Instruction 113-1, Sections VII and XII; U.S. Department of Agriculture Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Regarding the Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Persons with Limited English Proficiency, 79 Fed. Reg. 70771, (Nov. 28, 2014) (USDA LEP Policy Guidance); and DOJ LEP Guidance.