Food Services

At Rio Rancho Public Schools, ensuring our students do not face food instability is important. We want each student to come to school with a full belly and a mind ready to learn. Our district schools meet or exceed local, state, and federal nutrition requirements and/or USDA nutrition standards. If applicable, this includes At-Risk Afterschool Meals, Afterschool Snack Programs, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs, and/or Summer Food Service Programs.

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Prices for school meals and how to apply for FREE meals

The Covid-19 pandemic waivers that provided school districts with much-needed freedom to distribute food to kids free of charge during the school year expired on June 30. These waivers were put in place in March 2020 to give families in need access to free meals when schools were closed early in the pandemic and were extended through the last school year.

While a portion of the waivers was extended through the 2022-23 school year, they do not include free meals for all families. Once again, families will be charged for school meals unless they qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program or if they attend a school designated under the Community Eligibility Provision.

Meal Costs:

  • Breakfast: $1.45 elementary/$1.70 secondary

  • Lunch: $2.85 elementary/$3.00 secondary

Parents who would like to put money in their child's account can do so by the following link: 

Free Meals:

  • Option 1: All students who qualify under the free or reduced meals under the National School Lunch Program will receive free meals. To see if you qualify for free meals or to access an application, please visit our website at It is important that families complete these application forms as soon as possible. (If you do not have access to a printer, an online application can be found at

  • Option 2: All students who attend Puesta del Sol Elementary School, Colinas del Norte Elementary School, Rio Rancho Elementary School, Maggie Cordova Elementary School, Eagle Ridge Middle School or Independence High School will receive free breakfast and lunch at school during the school year. These schools are getting free meals for all students as part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) through a choice for schools called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). Families at these schools that qualify for free or reduced meals still need to complete the application at in order for these schools to continue to receive important federal funding.  (If you do not have access to a printer, an online application can be found at  To apply for free and reduced means and any other associated benefits, please visit: 

For questions directly related to free and reduced meal benefits, please email or call Ms. Lange at 896-0667 Ext. 51895

USDA Non-discrimination Statement:

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: 1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or 2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 3. email: 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

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Contact Us

Dean Gallegos
Food Service Director

Ginger Lange
Free & Reduced Program Specialist
505-896-7823 ext 51895

Jerome Armijo
SFE- General Manager

Linda Valdez
SFE- Assistant GM

Amanda Mansfield
SFE- Assistant GM

Charles Gilmer
SFE- Assistant GM

Steven Fernandez
District Chef