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MCSD Nutrition Services

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Nutrition Services

You can contact us at (970) 565-5157


USDA extends free meals for all children this fall

Students can receive meals regardless of their eligibility

All children will be able to receive nutritious meals at no charge this fall that are attending the Montezuma-Cortez Schools regardless of their eligibility status. Normally, during the school year, students receive free or reduced priced meals if they qualify based on household income or other eligibility categories.

However, the U.S. Department of Agriculture extended the option for child nutrition program sponsors to operate the Summer Food Service Program and Seamless Summer Option.  This allows schools to offer nutritious meals to all children at no charge this fall.

We are still requesting each household complete a current Meal Application if they have not already done so.  This will enable us to continue to serve your students once we go back to our regular meal service fee structure and also provides the district with additional grant funding to support our schools.


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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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Sandi VanHoutean

Director of Nutrition Services

  • Email Sandi VanHoutean

Barbara Serfoss

Food Service Secretary

  • Email Barbara Serfoss

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.

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