"Serving, Nuturing, and Nourishing Our Children" is the primary responsibility of the Amphitheater Food Service Department. In order to accomplish this goal we work in conjunction with the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The primary purpose of the NSLP is to make available, to school children, meals of optimum nutritional value at a minimum cost to the child. This is accomplished by providing a daily meal that meets one third of the Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA). Districts that choose to take part in the NSLP get cash subsidies and donated commodities from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Meals are reimbursed according to the eligibility of the students participating in the program. Public schools, private schools, residential child care institutions, juvenile correctional institutions and boarding schools may participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Food Service programs include:
- School Breakfast Program
- School Lunch Program
- Summer Food Service Program
- Provide Snacks to before and after school child care programs
- Faculty Food Services
- Special Event Catering
NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM, USDA SCHOOL FOODS PROGRAM AND SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM 2018-2019
Amphitheater Unified District will be participating in the (National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program). As part of this program, all sites of Amphitheater Unified offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs K-8 $1.25, 9-12 $1.50; lunch costs K-5 $2.20, 6-8 $2.35, 9-12 $2.60. Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is .30 for breakfast and .40 for lunch.
Qualifications for children to receive free or reduced price meals include belonging to a household whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, belonging to a household that receives public assistance, or if the child is homeless, migrant, runaway, foster, or participates in a Head Start or Even Start pre-Kindergarten program.
Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits if the household does not receive assistance or the children are not in the other categories mentioned below. Children can get free or reduced-price meals if the household’s gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guideline chart.
To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households can fill out the application online, unless the household has already received notification that their children are approved for free meals this year. We understand your need for resources when it comes to providing lunch for your child each day. We also are aware how quickly family circumstances can change. However, we cannot serve you without this paperwork. Please be sure you complete this application, regardless of your interest in the program or current circumstances. Due to current safety protocols and in an effort to limit exposure, the Food Service Department is strongly encouraging families to fill out this form for online. If your need a paper form, please call Stacie Miller, Nutrition and Wellness Secretary at 696-5133 and she will help you.
Only one application is required for all children in the household and the information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials. An application for free or reduced price benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions, including the last four digits of the primary wage earner’s social security number and a signature of an adult household member.
Families can apply for benefits at any time. If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household's income falls at or below the Federal Guidelines. Contact Stacie Miller, 696-5133 M-F 7:30am -3:30pm to request an application. In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, Stacie Miller, Nutrition & Wellness Secretary will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Marc Lappitt, Director of Food Services, 200 E. Roger Rd. Tucson, AZ 85705 or 520-696-3783.
When known to Amphitheater Unified District households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving assistance from the:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP);
- Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR); or
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), if the State program meets Federal standards.
An application is not required for free meal benefits for Assistance Program participants and all of the children in the household are eligible for free meal benefits. If any children were not listed on the notice of eligibility, or if a household does not receive a notice of eligibility, the household should contact the LEA or school to have free meal benefits extended to them. Participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals, but they will need to turn in an application including household size and total income.
When known to Amphitheater Unified District households will also be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is considered “Other Source Categorically Eligible”, because the child is categorized, as defined by law as:
- Enrolled in an eligible Head Start, or
- Enrolled in an eligible pre-kindergarten class.
If any children were not listed on the notice of eligibility, the household should contact the LEA or school about their eligibility through one of the programs listed above, or should submit an income application.
Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the LEA or school if the household chooses to decline the free meal benefits.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866)632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at email@example.com.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.