Food & Nutrition Services

Madison’s Food & Nutrition Services department ensures that every participating student receives a well-balanced meal for breakfast and lunch. School meals are highly affordable and nutritional. Meals served under the National School Lunch Program must meet nutrition guidelines based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

We use 100% turkey for many meals including hot dogs, egg rolls, and deli meats; we never use a deep fryer; our pizza is made with 100% mozzarella and reduced-fat pepperoni; and vegetarian meals are always available. Financial assistance is available for qualifying families.

Breakfast & Lunch Menu

In addition to lunch, breakfast is available at all Madison schools for only $1.15. Qualifying families can eat breakfast for free or at a reduced ($0.30) rate.

This month’s menu:

School Meal Pricing

Grade Level Full Price Breakfast Reduced Price Breakfast Full Price Lunch Reduced Price Lunch
Elementary
Pre-K – 4
$1.15 $0.30 $2.25 $0.40
Middle School
5-8
$1.15 $0.30 $2.50 $0.40

Funding Your Child’s Meal Account

You can prepay for your child’s meals with MySchoolBucks.com. Madison School District now uses this service for parents who prefer to prepay for their child’s school meals using a credit or debit card.

Financial Assistance

Qualifying families can easily participate in the school lunch program for free or at a reduced rate.

Families with incomes at or below 130% of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Families with incomes between 130% and 185% of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals; these students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

Families can apply for financial assistance through the National School Lunch Program anytime throughout the school year.

Meal applications can be submitted online at: madisonaz.heartlandapps.com.

Applications for the 2016-2017 school year are available online (in English and in Spanish), as well as at school offices, cafeterias and the District Office. For more information, please see the attached flyer: English / Spanish. These completed forms can be submitted to the district in person or via mail: 5601 N. 16th Street, Phoenix, AZ, 85016 or via fax: (602) 664-7994.

Wellness Policies & Information

View Madison School District’s Wellness Policy.

Each month Madison shares a USDA newsletter on wellness and nutrition. Read the current issue here: March 2017 Wellness Newsletter.

Get Involved

The district Wellness Committee will meet on March 9th from 4 – 5 PM at the district office (Room 102).

The primary purpose of the committee is to involve parents, students, food service staff, teachers of physical education, school health professionals and administrators in a collaborative approach to developing goals for the following:
  • Nutrition Education
  • Nutrition Promotion
  • Physical Activity
  • Other School-Based Activities
  • Public Updates
We look forward to working with you to positively impact the health of our students.

Smart Snacks

USDA Smart Snacks in Schools & the Arizona Nutrition Standards

The Arizona Nutrition Standards have been revised to incorporate the new USDA Smart Snacks in Schools requirements. The revised standards took effect July 1, 2014. They apply to all foods sold or served on campus during the school day. The school day is defined as the period from midnight before, to 30 minutes after the end of the official school day.

The intent of the standards is to ensure consumption of healthful foods during the school day and create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits. There is a list of snacks that parents or staff can purchase through the cafeteria. Food & Nutrition Services has done the work for you. We have analyzed the nutrition facts and determined that the snack meets all of the new requirements. In addition, snacks meeting the standards will be available for purchase at breakfast and lunch.

Approved Classroom Snack Order Sheet

Food fundraisers are not permitted during breakfast or lunch serving times. School or PTO fundraisers, classroom snacks, classroom/school wide celebrations must meet Smart Snack guidelines during the school day (midnight the day before to 30 minutes after release). Snacks for classroom incentives or classroom/school wide celebrations can be purchased from the cafeteria (see Approved Classroom Snack Order Sheet). Fundraisers that are not intended for consumption at school such as cookie dough are EXEMPT. Individual classroom birthday celebrations are EXEMPT. A Smart Snacks on-line calculator is available at http://rdp.healthiergeneration.org/calc/calculator. If the school or PTO plans a fundraiser it is the responsibility of the school or PTO official to run the nutrition facts labels through the on-line calculator to determine compliance. It is also the responsibility of the school or PTO official to have the nutrition facts labels and the printout of the on-line calculator approval on hand during the sale for audit purposes.

Birthday Program

Madison now offers a “Birthday in a Box” program for your child. We make it simple for you to order a classroom celebration for your child and provide a range of options to meet your needs. To learn more or participate, simply download the Birthday Celebration Form: English / Spanish.

On-Campus Food Guidelines

The following guidelines are an effort to comply with Maricopa County Health Code and with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) federal guidelines, and the Arizona Nutrition Standards.

Evening Events
The Wellness Policy will not mandate any restrictions regarding food and beverages sold/served at evening events. These food and beverage items are available outside of the normal school day, and therefore are not addressed within the USDA guidelines or the AZNS.

Classroom Parties
As the Madison School District Wellness Policy honors the Arizona Nutrition Standard Guidelines, this policy has no restrictions regarding classroom parties. Healthier food choices are always encouraged to be available, provided they meet Maricopa County guidelines.

There are mandatory safety guidelines regarding food and beverages for classroom parties established by Maricopa County.

The County has strict regulations about food being prepared in residential kitchens and served at classroom parties. It is not allowed. All food brought onto campuses for classroom parties must originate from certified kitchens, commercial institutions or commercial food service stores.

The following guidelines will assist in this process:

  • All foods offered must originate from a Maricopa County Health Department approved kitchen or institution. Examples would be products prepared at a supermarket bakery, retail location or from a commercial restaurant. For example, cupcakes prepared at home are not an approved item for a classroom party.
  • All food offered is delivered at the proper temperature and non-wrapped food is served with a non-latex gloved hand or utensil. Example would be a pizza party from an approved vendor which is served by a gloved-hand or with a serving utensil.
  • All food offered is being consumed within a reasonable time and is maintained at proper temperature.
  • No contact is to be made by a non-gloved hand with any food items that are not pre-wrapped.