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!

School Meal Payment Policy

Salida Schools and Nutrition Services Department is committed to ensuring that all students receive the nutrition they need to engage in active learning during the school day. School Meals cost money to provide, and unless a student qualifies for free school meals, students must pay for their meals. We strongly recommend keeping credit on student’s accounts so that they always have a credit available to them for meals. Otherwise, please ensure that they have cash or check with them to pay per meal.

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 check your student’s balance or pay online through the Parent Portal. Contact Andrea Moore, Nutrition Services Director with any questions at [email protected], 719-530-5433, or have your student ask the cashier in the meal line. 


Free and Reduced Price School Meals

All families are asked to fill out the Meals Benefit application through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to determine eligibility for free and reduced meals. Once logged in, click the menu icon, select “More” and then “Meal Benefits”. This link details the steps to apply for Free and Reduced Priced meals.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Nutrition Services Manager for support with the application or to talk about payment plan options. If you would rather submit a hard copy, print and turn in one of these forms to the front desk of any of the schools to see if you qualify.  

Free and Reduced Meals Application 22 English (1).pdf
Free and Reduced Meals Application Instructions 22-23.pdf

Free and Reduced Meals Application 22-23 Spanish (1).pdf
Free and Reduced Meals Application Instructions 22-23 SPANISH.pdf

NSLP Application Flyer Elementary School.pdf

NSLP Application flyer High School & Middles School.pdf

A letter will be mailed to those determined to be eligible.  The District asks that all families fill out the form at the start of the year, however families can turn an application in at any point during the year, or if your household’s circumstances change. 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.  

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 Nutrition Services Director Andrea Moore with any questions: 719-530-5433 or at [email protected]

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

Have your kids eat free nutritious meals this summer in a safe and fun environment. Find a summer site near you at  or text FOOD to 877-877

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: [email protected]. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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