Nutrition Services

Well-nourished students learn better! We make it our priority to feed our students healthy, scratch-cooked, balanced, meals and we offer a beautiful rainbow of fresh fruits, veggies and salads every day. We work closely with our community partner Guidestone Colorado on the Farm to School Initiative  to incorporate as much school garden produce into our meals as possible!

March Lunch Menu

   Breakfast  Lunch
9-12 Paid



9-12 Reduced



9-12 Free






How to Pay for School Meals

You can send cash or check with your student to give to the cashier. Make checks out to ‘Salida School District Lunch Fund’, and note who’s account it should go on in the memo line. You can also pay online. through the Parent Portal. You can check your student’s balance through your Parent Portal account, contact Margaret Fitch, Food Service Director at, 530-5433, or have your student ask the cashier. If you do not have a Parent Portal account, and would like to set one up, contact Jim Sampson,Student Data Manager at, 530-5204.

Free and Reduced Price School Meals

Access to healthy, affordable food is important! Complete a Free and Reduced Price Meal application and turn it in at the front desk of any of the schools to see if you qualify. You will receive a letter in the mail notifying you of the determination. Also, note that you can turn an application in at any point during the year, and if your household’s circumstances change you may reapply. Free and Reduced Price School Meal eligibility is determined annually; please fill out the application each school year or your student’s eligibility will expire. You may also pick up a hard copy of an application at the front desk of any of the schools.

Check out the free and reduced lunch qualifying factors!

Colorado Free & Reduced Price Meals Policy 2016-2017 School Year

Letter to households of students in grades 9-12

Free & Reduced Lunch Form

Any student who is eligible for free or reduced priced school meals must take one complete meal for it to be at the reduced price. If a student takes just part of a meal, we must charge it as an ‘a la carte’ item. For the meal to be considered ‘complete’ a student must take at least three of the five offered meal components at lunch, and at least 3 of the 4 offered food items at breakfast. This falls under the ‘offer vs. serve’ meal provision. Please contact Food Service Director Margaret Fitch with any questions: 719-530-5443;

Backpack Program: For more information about this program, please contact Cari Beasley at, or Missy Tanner at

Non Discrimination

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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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:, 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: institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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