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Food & Nutrition

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

The Student Nutrition Department continues to strive for excellence in our school meal program each year. One of the highlights of our nationally recognized program is our continued commitment to offering local and farm fresh products in our school lunch program. 

Here are a few of the many reasons why students and families can feel confident when choosing to eat in our program: 

Farmers as Partners

Every year we partner with local farmers to include fresh and local produce in our school meals. Some of the items provided by local producers include cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, kale, potatoes, spinach, carrots, cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, pears, apples, pinto beans and other seasonal options. Local purchasing enables us to provide the tastiest and freshest options to our students while supporting our local food system. 

Salad Bars

Salad bars provide opportunities for students and staff to make healthy choices, so we offer them every day, at every school. Look for the local vegetables here.

Local Meats

Purchasing local provides students with an opportunity to enjoy premium, quality ground beef in their spaghetti and taco meals. Purchasing local beef is another investment we make in our local farmers and local agriculture. 

Other Local Partners

We are fortunate to have other local partners who contribute to our program such as Boars Head, Rez Meets Urban Salsa, Sunnyside Beef, Wise Pies, Durango Joes and Zuberfizz. These are products we choose to offer in the meal program to promote local partners and provide students with quality choices. 

Students as Partners

Students from Escalante Middle School agriculture program provide us with hydroponically grown lettuce. This project is a perfect partnership because the lettuce is fresh from the students to the salad bar with minimal travel and provides an incredible local food education for our students.

We know that local and fresh is not only good for our farmers and local economy, the product is superior in taste and quality and provides the healthiest and freshest option for students each day. Our commitment to local and fresh is one that offers the healthiest choices we can to our students. 

We will see you for breakfast and lunch to celebrate the health of our students!

Krista Garand

Coordinator Student Nutrition

Student Nutrition Services is creating local-based change that empowers members of our community to embrace a healthier lifestyle.  You will see this in our district wellness policy and our very successful Farm to School program that help support our programs' healthy school meals. Durango 9-R Student Nutrition Services is committed to enhancing our students' education by providing nutritious and delicious meals with pride. We are the heart of every school!

As Student Nutrition Services makes changes in the program to offer less processed, more "made from scratch" foods, varieties of fruits and vegetables, salad bars and whole grains, here are some ways you can partner in the effort to instill healthy habits in our students and contribute to the success of our meal program:

  • Encourage your child to try new hot lunch items.
  • Eat lunch with your child occasionally.
  • Try different fruits and vegetables at home.
  • Model good behaviors by eating a balanced diet and engaging in physical activity a few times a week.
  • Support the school meal program at your school by having your child participate in breakfast and lunch.
  • Remember to fill out your Free and Reduced Application each fall when you register your students or if/when your household size has increased, and/or your income has been negatively impacted by changes in employment or loss of other income sources

Income Eligibility Guidelines

(Effective from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020)


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School Meal Charge Regulation

The purpose of this regulation is to establish consistent meal account procedures for Durango School District 9-R, and alleviate the financial burden that unpaid meal charges place on the school district.  This regulation also serves to create a fair system to ensure students have access to school meals through a charge regulation. Click here to read our School Meal Charge Regulation.

To view menus and nutritional and allergen information for all schools, visit our Menus, Nutrition & Allergen Information page.

To learn about paying your student's meal account online, please visit our I.C Portal page.

Frequently Asked Questions:

If you have a question that is not addressed here, please call 259-1630, extension 2041 or 2042 for assistance.


Do I need to fill out a free and reduced lunch form each school year?

Yes, you must fill out an application each August using the current year's form.  You may also reapply for benefits at any time during the school year if you have a decrease in household income, become unemployed, or have an increase in household size.

If my child qualifies for reduced price lunch, how much do I pay per day?

All reduced students eat breakfast for free and pay $0.40 per day for lunch unless they are registered as Pre-K through 5th grade, then they eat lunch for free as well.

How much do school meals cost per day?

Elementary Lunch: $2.75, Breakfast $1.50

Middle School Lunch: $3.00, Breakfast: $1.75

High School Lunch: $3.25, Breakfast: $2.00

How do I pay for school lunch?

Cash or Check payments may be taken to your school site or mailed to the Durango School District office, attn:  Food Services. To pay via Credit/Debit card, you may either pay online using the I.C. Parent Portal or, if you do not have a Parent Portal* account, pay over the phone by contacting the Student Nutrition Services office directly at (970) 259-1630, ext. 2041 or 2042. You may also contact the Finance Department at 970-247-5411 ext. 1418.

 For information about the I.C. Parent Portal, click here.