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:
- Free and Reduced Application
- Free and Reduced Application and Instructions
- Solicitude para Comida Escolar Gratuita y de Precio Reducido
- Free and Reduced Letter to Families
- Income Guidelines for the Reduced Meal Program are:
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
Frequently Asked Questions:
If you have a question that is not addressed here, please call 247-5411, extension 1418 for assistance.
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.
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.
Elementary Lunch: $2.65, Breakfast $1.25
Middle School Lunch: $2.90, Breakfast: $1.50
High School Lunch: $3.10
Cash or Check payments may be taken to your school. 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 calling our Finance Department at 970-247-5411 ext. 1419.
For information about the I.C. Parent Portal, click here.
Email email@example.com • Phone (970) 247-5411, Ext. 1419
District at a Glance
- Students: approx 4,500
- Teachers: 294
- 12 Years Avg Experience
- 61% with Master's Degree
- Support Staff: 193
- 7 Elementary Schools
- 2 Middle Schools
- 2 High Schools
- Area Served: 1,039 sq miles
At a Glance
The mission of Durango School District 9-R, an innovative educational system committed to excellence, is to ensure each student develops the skills and attributes for lifelong learning and has the ability to compete and contribute in the global community, by guaranteeing equitable educational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment.