Food Services

At Rio Rancho Public Schools, ensuring our students to not face food instability is an important task. We want each student to come to school with a full belly and a mind that is ready to learn. Our Food Services Department provides nutritionally balanced and tasty meals for students each day, including our Seamless Summer program for grab-n-go meals. We offer free and reduced meals for those who qualify and reasonably priced meals for all other students (breakfast and lunch).

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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 last school year.

While a portion of the waivers were 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 that has been designated as a school 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 on their child's account can do so by this 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, 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:

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