Providing nutritious meals to our students is our commitment to the Denver community. We recognize that well-nourished children are better equipped to learn. Providing healthy food and nutrition education are the key ingredients in educating students to make choices that will develop into life-long healthy eating habits. We have a commitment to excellence, a devotion and passion for child nutrition.

Our program is an enhancement to the educational programs of the District – HUNGRY CHILDREN CANNOT LEARN. The program is operated under the federally funded National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act. All federal laws regulating the program are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), through the Denver regional office and implemented by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). The program objectives are to safeguard the health and well-being of students by providing nutritious food in a safe environment at an affordable price and to help ensure that participating children gain a full understanding of the relationship between proper eating and good health.

Learn more about DPS and our commitment to our children Read the Denver Plan 2020!

Students First:  We put our kids’ needs at the forefront of everything we do.

Integrity:  We tell the truth, and we keep our promises.

Equity:  We celebrate our diversity and will provide the necessary resources and supports to eliminate barriers to success and foster a more equitable future for all our kids.

Collaboration:  Together as a team, we think, we work, and we create in order to reach our goals.

Accountability:  We take responsibility for our individual and collective commitments; we grow from success; we learn from failure.

Fun:  We celebrate the joy in our work and foster in our students a joy and passion for learning to last their whole lives.

USDA Disclosure

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).