Nutrition Services

D51 Safe School Reopening Meal Service FAQ

Meal Services

Effective 09/16/20  Community & D51 student FREE Meal Access for all

PURPOSE: The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Free Meals for Kids program through the end of December 2020, or until available funding runs out. This means that all children (1-18) in Mesa County can access safe, healthy school breakfast and lunch at no charge.

As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food," said Sonny Perdue USDA Secretary. For more information: USDA extends Free meals for all 

PROCEDURES: At D51 schools; students will need to enter, versus present a school ID in the cafeteria (excluding mobile service carts) to ensure we meet all student food allergy accommodations.

Online learner & Community member parents/guardians may pick-up school meals for all children (1-18) in their household at any District 51 school.

1) Parent(s)/guardian will need to notify the pick up school by 9 am daily via Culinary Manager Emails  to confirm the # of meals (breakfast and/or lunch), time & location for pick-up.

2) Parent(s)/guardian will pick-up at the designated location of the school building to ensure social distancing (students do not have to be present). 

3) Culinary staff at school will deliver the meals curbside or have available at the school reception area with the school secretary for parent pick-up. 

NOTE:  All D51 households who have not yet applied for free or reduced meals for the 2020-21SY are encouraged to complete an Application so eligible students will receive Free/Reduced meals AFTER December 2020, or when available funding runs out under the current guidance.

EXCLUSIONS:  Excludes schools where no meal service is normally provided (some charters and Gateway).  The following schools served by the Lunch Lizard Food Truck will be lunch only; New Emerson, Juniper Ridge & Grand River. 

How will meal time work?

Students will still be allowed to eat in cafeterias, with 50% capacity in lunchrooms by extending the amount of time each day to conduct meal service. Additional guidelines include:

• Students who eat in cafeterias will be served by nutrition staff wearing gloves & masks. Serve yourself options will not be available unless items are individually wrapped or pre-packed in grab n go containers. 
• At the elementary level, students will have two main entree choices per day; PBJ Sandwich or Hot entree option. All entree options will receive a choice of vegetables, fruit and a salad choice of the day & milk. At MS/HS level additional hot entree options; burgers, pizzas & others will be offered in individually wrapped deli paper. 
• Salad bars will not be in service; students will receive salad bar offerings off of the salad bar behind the service line served by nutrition staff. Salad bar options will be pre-designated on each day-see the new digital menu for details 
• Food service workers will continually wash, rinse, and sanitize all high touch surfaces in the kitchen and the serving line. 
• The number of students per table will be limited to enforce social distancing guidance. 
• Students will eat with other students in their grade levels or class cohort.
• Parents may pack snacks & meals for their specific students. No other snacks for sale or donated will be provided by any other staff, parents, vendors, outside organizations during the school day except as provided by ServSafe certified D51 Nutrition staff. 
• Meals inside the cafeteria will continue to use reusable trays, meals taken outside of the cafeteria will be in compostable disposable containers. All silverware will be an individual wrapped napkin/spork. 

Will high school students still be able to leave campus for lunch?

Mission Statement:

"We fuel successful learning"
Salad Bar Appleton Aug 2016

We cook from scratch EVERYDAY at EVERY school

* We are part of the Colorado Live Well School Food
   Initiative Live Well Colorado School Food Initiative

*$1/2 million equipment grant dollars received from
  the Colorado Health Foundation  to purchase salad  
  bars, steamers, kettles, immersion blenders & food 
  processors Colorado Health Foundation

* When you purchase school meals you help support 
   our local & statewide farming communities

Salad Bar Info Graphic 

Non-discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.

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: filine_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 (566) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Declaración de No-discriminación del USDA – Español

De acuerdo con la ley Federal de derechos civiles y los reglamentos y políticas del Departamento de Agricultura de los E.E.U.U. (USDA), el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas y empleados e instituciones que participan en, o administran los programas del USDA, tienen prohibido la discriminación con base en raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o represalias o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en cualquier programa o actividad conducida o financiada por el USDA. Las personas con discapacidades que requieran medios alternos de comunicación para el programa de información (por ejemplo en Braille, letra grande, audio grabado, Lenguaje de Señas, etc.), deben contactar a la Agencia (Estatal o local) donde solicitaron sus beneficios. Los individuos que sean sordos, que tengan dificultad para oír o impedimentos del habla pueden contactar al USDA mediante el Servicio Federal de 'Relay' al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa puede estar disponible en otros idiomas además del inglés.

Para emitir una queja por discriminación del programa, llene un Formulario de Quejas de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que se encuentra en línea:, y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o envíe una carta por escrito dirigida al USDA y proporcione toda la información requerida en el formulario. Para pedir una copia del formulario de quejas, llame al (566) 632-9992.

Mande su formulario completo o carta al USDA por: correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; o correo electrónico al: Esta institución es un proveedor de oportunidades equitativas.

Declaración de No-Discriminación (Versión corta) – Español

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