Food Services

Union School District's Food Services Program ensures that every student receives a well-balanced meal for breakfast and lunch. Our primary job is to provide meals that are both kid-friendly and healthy for all students and staff. We believe that there is a very important link between a healthy diet and academic performance. We offer all meals at no cost to the family. Breakfast and lunch are free under the Community Eligibility Provision. If your child attends any of our afterschool programs, we also provide ansnack at no charge.

Breakfast is served to the students in the classroom on a daily basis. This allows more students the opportunity to start their day off with good nutrition. We use low-sugar, whole-grain, and reduced-fat items throughout our menu as well as 1% white milk and nonfat milk options. Non-dairy milk is available to those with allergies so long as a doctor's note is provided. We are currently serving lunch in the classroom as well in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Each of our daily lunches contain a combination of whole grains, proteins, fruits, vegetables, and dairy to keep our students fueled for their day.

We utilize a nutrition analysis program called HealthEMeals. This helps us to ensure optimal nutrition at each meal. The total calories, fat, and sodium are located at the bottom of the daily menus. All of our menus are carefully planned to meet the USDA's National School Lunch and National School Breakfast Programs guidelines.

We have three food service managers: Leslie Matta at Dos Rios, Marlenne Pineda at Hurley Ranch, and Julie Ramirez at Union Elementary. We welcome any questions, comments, or concerns; please contact Kala Suchan, Food Service Director, at [email protected] or by calling (623) 478-5010.

Special Assistance

Union School District Food Service Department qualified for a program through USDA called Special Assistance. It’s for districts with high free/reduced numbers. Periodically our district is required to complete a new meal application, the link can be found on this page. You will be notified if this will be needed for the school year.

The Union Elementary School District is committed to providing a school environment that promotes children's health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity. To ensure the health and well-being of all students, the Union Elementary School District Governing Board has adopted a student wellness policy that guides the district in making healthy decisions for students. Click on this link to view the district's Student Wellness Policy and the Student Wellness Regulation. If you or your student would like to be a part of the wellness committee, we welcome you! Simply, email or call-in your interest and we will provide you with information on the next scheduled meeting.

If you have any questions or need help, please contact the Food Service Department at (623) 478-5010.

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: How to File a Complaint, 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: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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