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Food & 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, 2018 to June 30, 2019)


Household Size

 Reduced Guidelines




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For each additional family member add








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.