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MCSD Nutrition Services

Welcome to the Montezuma-Cortez School District
Nutrition Services

You can contact us at (970) 565-5157

providing safe, healthy and appetizing meals for our students

We are committed to providing safe, healthy and appetizing meals for our students. Our meals are planned using nutrient analysis which defines amounts of protein, calories, fat and vitamins. The food is prepared and served in a clean safe environment.

Nutrition Service Goals

  • Provide healthy meals to students to help them achieve academically and physically to the best of their abilities.
  • Healthy school meals provide a learning lab for the child to make good food choices that they will carry into their adult life.
  • Serve local fruits and vegetables whenever possible.
  • Keep our program financially responsible.

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Elementary Meal Prices

Breakfast--- $1.75
Lunch--- $2.75
Extra Milk--- $.50

All students with a reduced price eligibility will receive a free breakfast.

Students with a reduced price eligibility in grades PK-12 will receive free lunches.

Secondary Meal Prices

Breakfast--- $2.25
Lunch--- $3.00
Extra Milk-- $ .50

Adult Meal Prices

Breakfast-- $2.50
Lunch--- $ 3.50
Extra Milk--- $.50


  • All families are encouraged to submit a meal benefit application before the first day of school. Please allow 10 days for the processing of the meal benefit applications.
  • If your family qualified for meal benefits last school year, you have 30 days to complete a new application. If a new application is not received within this grace period, meal benefits will be discontinued and your child/children will go to full pay. 
  • If you have a child entering kindergarten or preschool they will have to pay full price for meals until a current application is completed, even if they have siblings with free or reduced meal benefits from the previous year, as we cannot extend eligibility benefits.
  • Charging of meals in our cafeterias is strongly discouraged. Please maintain money in your child/children’s meal account at all times. You may call the school’s cafeteria manager at any time for an update on your student’s balance.


Offer breakfast at no charge to each student enrolled in a public school that  has seventy percent or more students who are eligible for free or reduced price lunch under the National School Lunch Program. 


  • Increase the total number of children eating breakfast on school days
  • Increase the consumption of nutritious foods, making breakfast programs more effective
  • Improve academic performance by preparing children to learn
  • Improve the overall health of children in Montezuma-Cortez Schools


  • Increase access to healthful breakfast meals
  • Reduce social stigma associated with eating breakfast before school
  • Help combat childhood hunger
  • Reduce rates of absences and tardiness
  • Increased academic success

Manaugh, Mesa, Kemper, and Battlerock Elementaries have a B.A.B program in place.


  • Enjoy your food, but eat less
  • Avoid oversized portions


  • Make half your plate fruits and vegetables
  • Make at least half your grains whole grains
  • Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk


  • Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals-choose the foods with lower numbers
  • Drink water instead of sugary drinks


Breakfast Provides Benefits...Make it a Priority!!!

  • Higher Test Scores- Research has proven that children who eat breakfast have higher math and reading scores.
  • Improved Attendance- Studies show that students who eat breakfast are absent and tardy less often.
  • Fewer Trips to the School Nurse- When students eat breakfast, nurses report fewer hunger related office visits.
  • Improved Classroom Behavior- Students are better able to pay attention in class when they have eaten. Principals confirm that they see fewer discipline problems when students have eaten breakfast.
  • Better Learning- Students learn best when they have eaten a good breakfast.
  • More Time on Learning- When students have eaten, they are better able to concentrate and behave in the classroom. This allows teachers to spend more time on teaching and less time on discipline.


A program of the Mancos Conservation District in southwestern Colorado.

Since 2009, the project has focused on providing integrated, hands-on school garden classes in Montezuma County. What began with a farm field trip for 40 Mancos students has grown to incorporate five school garden programs, professional school garden coordinators, summer farm camp, youth farmers markets, and an apprentice program.

MSTFP has installed a 2+ acre school production area, heritage orchards, high tunnels, cold frames, vertical growing spaces, permaculture swales, wicking beds, adobe ovens, and numerous living examples of water and soil conservation across the schools in the county. Classes also utilize a green house, a biothermal heating system, an on-site beehive, and an aquaponics unit as garden learning spaces.

Wellness Policy

Cortez RE-1 School District (hereto referred to as The District) is committed to the optimal development of every student. The District believes that all students should have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success. The District intends to create positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year. 

Research shows that two components, good nutrition and physical activity before, during, and after the school day, are strongly correlated with positive student outcomes, lower absenteeism, as well as better performance on cognitive tasks, higher grades and tests scores. This policy outlines the District’s approach to ensuring environments and opportunities for all students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors throughout the school day while minimizing unhealthy distractions.

Special Diet Needs

You may request meal modifications for your child if you meet the following criteria.  

Your child’s school/site: 

  1. Will make meal modifications prescribed by a licensed physician, advanced practice nurse with prescriptive authority or physician assistant to accommodate a disability. 
  2. Will make substitutions for dietary preferences, religious preferences, or cultural preferences. 

Note: Meal modifications will only be accommodated for one of the reasons listed above. No other meal modifications will be accommodated.  Please see the following documents for more information or to request a meal modification.

In order to encourage eating habits that will promote a lifetime of optimal health, it is essential to teach children about the importance of eating foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy products. Proper nutrition is critical if our educational programs and our students are going to continue to excel.

Colorado farmers and ranchers produce food items that provide the nutrients children and adults need to thrive. Agribusinesses contribute more than $40 billion to the state economy annually and provide more than 170,000 jobs. With more than 37,000 farms and ranches encompassing 31 million acres, it is easy to understand the value this industry adds to Colorado.