Food & Nutrition
Desert Heights utilizes L & M Catering as the breakfast and lunch caterer for all grade levels.
L&M Catering has many years of experience catering charter schools, private schools, community centers, and community colleges all over Phoenix. L&M catering is committed to serving hot, fresh quality meals daily. We are positive that the service and meals served by L &M will exceed your students’ expectations.
Lunch meals consist of a 5-component meal, a fruit, a vegetable, a main entree that includes both a grain and a protein, milk. All serving portion sizes comply with the meal pattern set forth by Arizona Department of Education based on grade level. The cost of lunch is $3.45 or $0.40, if your student qualifies for the reduced rate. Please note that due to the reduced-price subsidy in effect, the reduced price for lunch is $0.00.
Breakfast meals consist of either a 3 or 4 component meal. A grain, fruit, and milk. All serving portion sizes comply with the meal pattern set forth by Arizona Department of Education based on grade level. The cost for breakfast is $2.20 or $.30, if your student qualifies for the reduced rate. Please note that due to the reduced-price subsidy in effect, the reduced price for breakfast is $0.00.
Meals must be preordered for students to receive lunch or breakfast. If lunch or breakfast is not preordered, lunch will need to be packed. Menus are subject to change.
- Meals must be ordered by Wednesday before the following week by midnight. You can order for an entire month at a time if its easier. If you do not order in time contact Food Service Director Vanessa Gonzalez for accommodations.
- Free and reduced priced applications can take up to 10 days to process so please plan accordingly.
Desert Heights Charter Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program.
Applications for the 2022-2023 school year will be accepted beginning July 6, 2022 and we encourage parents to apply online by accessin the Mealtime website. Parents will need their student’s ID number to apply on-line and the information is located in ParentVUE if needed. Parents unable to apply online can download and manually complete the forms linked below, or printed forms are also available in the front office. If you have specific questions regarding the process, or need assistance completing an application, contact our Food Service Director, Vanessa Gonzalez.
Note: Applications in other languages are available at: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/translated-applications
If you are receiving SNAP/TANF benefits, confirmation of your eligibility will be made via email by our Food Service Director, Vanessa Gonzalez. If you do not receive confirmation and you feel you are eligible under either of these benefits please complete a free/reduced meal application.
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information requested in order to verify your children’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals. If you do not provide the information or provide incomplete information, your children may no longer receive free or reduced-price meals.
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: email@example.com.
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Desert Heights Charter Schools is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Desert Heights Charter Schools are committed to teaching the whole child, including wellness of mind and body. We believe in the connection between academic achievement and personal wellness. It is our goal to utilize innovative methods to provide our students with the education and tools they need to take responsibility for their own health and fitness. We have taken steps to create an environment of healthy choices. Our Local Wellness Policy was developed with goals and programs addressing physical activity (P.E. programs and extra-curricular activities), nutrition education, and nutrition standards for the schools. These are critical years for students as they seek to establish patterns of behavior that they will carry with them into adulthood. It is our goal to provide the most current, accurate information regarding health for them, utilizing methods that will catch their interest and feel relevant to their situation. To see our Local Wellness Policy, please click here. To see the most recent assessment of our Local Wellness Policy, please click here.