School Menus & Child Nutrition

Minimize First Day Jitters

The start of the school year is an exciting and sometimes scary time for children. Not knowing what to expect that first day often leads to nervous stomachs and sleepless nights before the first day of school. Advance preparation can help relieve some of your child’s anxiety.

  • If possible, visit the school before the first day of school, either at a scheduled event or by appointment. Even if your child is a return student, it’s been a whole summer since he’s walked the halls, and a little refresher doesn’t hurt.
  • Talk about your child’s fears and expectations in the weeks before school starts. Recount some of your memories as a child. While it’s best to focus on the positive, a funny story or two about your past struggles could help put things in perspective too.
  • The week before school starts, work on getting back into a routine. Set your child’s alarm each morning, and have him get up and go through the school-morning rituals. This will help reset his body clock and get him ready to get moving in the morning.
  • Check out the school supply list, and make sure your child is prepared.
  • Get everything ready the night before. Prepare your child’s lunch, set out backpacks and outfits, and decide what will be on the breakfast menu. Then, send your child to bed early. He’s sure to have trouble falling asleep, so some extra quiet time may help settle his nerves.
  • Get your child up a little early that first day to alleviate some of the stress of rushing through the morning routine. Leave the television off to ensure your child keeps moving.
  • After school, talk to your child. Kids are notorious for one-word answers, so ask open-ended questions that require a longer response. “Tell me what you did today.” “What is your teacher like?” and “What was the best part of your day?” are some great starters.

We hope your child is looking forward to his return to school. Some advance preparation is sure to help! Most of all, send him to school rested, prepared, and ready to tackle the year ahead.

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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  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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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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