School Menus & Child Nutrition

Encourage Healthy Drink Choices

As parents and caregivers alike, we are often faced with hard decisions regarding what to give our children - to help hydrate them and to keep them healthy. With many sports and juice drinks on the market today, the choices can be overwhelming at times.

Popular kids’ drinks advertise anything from added vitamin C and vitamin D to added antioxidants. The brightly colored juice boxes and packages display our kids’ favorite cartoon character or sports figure enticing them to pick the fun and exciting drink as opposed to the healthier more ‘boring’ options of 100% fruit juice, milk, and water.

Although healthier than other alternatives such as soda and other popular drinks, fruit juices and other sports drinks also contain a high amount of sugar. Is it wrong to let your child indulge in one of these drinks from time to time? Probably not, but on a regular basis these drinks affect the overall health of the child.

According to Anne Kolker, a registered dietitian, sport drinks have as much as 13 teaspoons of added sugar. It is important to look at the serving size on the nutrition label. The label might read that a beverage bottle contains 80 calories, however, it is important to double check the label. For example, if the serving size states 2.5 servings, you must figure out the math. In this case, the 80-calorie beverage contains 200 calories. Not all fruit juice is created equal. Most do provide 100% juice, but be careful of how it is marketed. Some juice drinks may look like regular juice and advertise 100% vitamin C; however one of the main ingredients is high fructose corn syrup.

How can we encourage our children to make healthier drink choices? We can make water, juice, and milk fun and exciting. Water is more tempting when it is chilled and has some fruit added to it. Juice is a favorite and can be frozen to make ice pops. Milk can be added to your child’s favorite healthy cereal or mixed with fruit or light chocolate syrup.

As parents, the best way to help our children make healthier drink choices is to set a good example by making healthier drink choices ourselves.

Welcome to QCUSD’s Child Nutrition Department!

We recognize the connection between good nutrition and student success. This is why our mission is to build healthier kids by providing nutritious meals at minimum cost to families.

We prepare our menus following the new meal pattern to meet Arizona and the USDA’s strict nutrition standards. Foods are hand-selected and analyzed to ensure quality. This translates into well balanced, healthy meals that provide recommended amounts of energy and nutrients needed for optimal child development and learning.

Daily menus offer:

  • Unlimited amounts of fruit and vegetables
  • A choice of five different entrees
  • 100% juice selections
  • Low-fat white milk, and fat-free flavored milk choices
  • Whole grain foods
  • Protein rich foods
  • Foods low in saturated and trans fats

Meal Account Information

Each child has an individual account and student ID with which to purchase meals through an account set up with the cafeteria manager at your school. You can put money on the account using cash, personal check, or money order. You may also set up an account for your child online at Titan School Solutions using a Visa or MasterCard. You may use the site to check transactions, make online payments, and complete free and reduced-price meal applications.

Our meal charge policy allows a charge for one meal to each individual household account. Once an account is negative, or if a student account does not have money, we will provide an alternate meal consisting of a cheese sandwich on whole grain bread, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Please make sure your child has money on his or her account. You can make payments online at Titan School Solutions or with cash or a check.

Free or Reduced-Price Meal Program

Your child may qualify for free or reduced breakfast and lunch. Applications are available on our Titan Family Portal or at your child's school office, school cafeteria, or at the district Food Services office. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Dustin Walker, M.Ed.,CDM
Director of Child Nutrition
Phone: (480) 987-5983

Dante Gibson
Nutrition Supervisor
Phone: (480) 987-6741

Mail Applications to:
QCUSD Child Nutrition
20740 S Ellsworth Rd..
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Breakfast Smarts

Did you know that breakfast increases your child’s brain power? Our bodies convert breakfast food into energy for use by our brain. When children skip breakfast, they must rely on the energy from their last meal to fuel their brain. Without breakfast, kids typically have a gap of 12 hours or more between dinner and lunch, making kids feel tired and restless.

A QCUSD school breakfast ensures your child starts the school day well-nourished and ready to learn. Each day, your student will have the option to grab a whole grain breakfast item, fruit, protein, and milk for free through the 21/22 school year. These are all the ingredients needed to fuel your child’s brain for optimal learning.

Check out the menus provided on this page for breakfast options and prices at your child’s school.

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Contact Us

Dustin Walker, M.ED, CDM
Director of Child Nutrition
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Dante Gibson
Nutrition Supervisor
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Jessica Merkley, SNS
Nutritionist
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Lisa Tilson
Administrative Assistant
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