Food & Nutrition

Desert Heights utilizes AZ School Meals as the lunch caterer for all grade levels.

AZ School Meals began operating in 1995.  The company founders saw a need to improve the nutritional quality of meals for children in care centers, preschools, and charter schools.  The mission was to develop nutritious and good tasting homemade meals that children would enjoy.  It is important to include wholesome foods as well as culturally diverse foods in the menus.  They strive to provide students with the opportunity to try new things as well as enjoy traditional family favorites.

Note:  In order to receive a meal from AZ School Meals, families are required to register and order lunch for their student(s) regardless of their free or reduced meal status.

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Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Desert Heights Charter Schools participates in the National School Lunch Program.

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be accepted beginning July 10, 2019 and we encourage parents to apply online by accessing Parents will need their student’s ID number to apply on-line and the information is located in ParentVUE if needed. Parents unable to apply online can download and manually complete the forms linked below, or printed forms are also available in the front office. If you have specific questions regarding the process, or need assistance completing an application, contact our Food Service Director, Darlene Darney.

Note: Applications in other languages are available at:

If you are receiving SNAP/TANF benefits, confirmation of your eligibility will be made via email by our Food Service Director, Darlene Darney. If you do not receive confirmation and you feel you are eligible under either of these benefits please complete a free/reduced meal application.

Important Reminders

  • Lunch orders are due EVERY Wednesday by 10:00PM the week prior regardless of whether or not you are receiving free or reduced meals.
  • Free and reduced priced applications can take up to 10 days to process so please plan accordingly.
  • Lunches MUST be pre-ordered in order for your child to receive a meal. The caterer does not supply extra meals, or keep additional meals on hand, so please plan accordingly.

Unpaid Meal Policy

  • Families are encouraged to apply for free and reduced-price meal benefit. Any family that falls into a negative balance will receive a written notification to encourage them to apply for free or reduced benefits.
  • Families pre-pay for meals through Boonli Food Ordering Service Website.  Written notification of payment process occurs at the beginning of each school year and with each newly enrolled student. This policy will also be posted on the Desert Heights Charter School Website and will be included in the Student Handbook beginning in school year 2019-2020.
  • Parent of students with unpaid meals will be notified via Blackboard Connect.
  • Notification of balances on delinquent accounts will be made weekly to try to collect payment
  • Report cards and diplomas of students with unpaid balances may be withheld until payment received

To file a Civil Rights Complaint, please email Darlene Darney.

Nondiscrimination Policy Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

Desert Heights Charter Schools is an equal opportunity provider and employer

Local Wellness Policy

Desert Heights Charter Schools are committed to teaching the whole child, including wellness of mind and body. We believe in the connection between academic achievement and personal wellness. It is our goal to utilize innovative methods to provide our students with the education and tools they need to take responsibility for their own health and fitness. We have taken steps to create an environment of healthy choices. Our Local Wellness Policy was developed with goals and programs addressing physical activity (P.E. programs and extra-curricular activities), nutrition education, and nutrition standards for the schools. These are critical years for students as they seek to establish patterns of behavior that they will carry with them into adulthood. It is our goal to provide the most current, accurate information regarding health for them, utilizing methods that will catch their interest and feel relevant to their situation. To see our Local Wellness Policy, please click here.  To see the most recent assessment of our Local Wellness Policy, please click here.