• Return to Learn: 2020-2021 School Year

    Dear D49 Families,

    We are just about a month away from school year 20-21!

    D49 wants to equip all of our students for an excellent season of learning. It is widely researched and documented that well-nourished students are more successful in their academic studies. The window to apply for a free and reduced meal plan opens July 13.

    Charge Policy: D49 School Meal Payments

    New to District 49? Register and apply online by clicking the link to PaySchools Central

    Returning for school year 20-21? Update your D49 PaySchools meal account and re-apply by clicking here. All school locations will have paper copies and will accept completed applications for processing

    Please Keep in Mind
    • Families must reapply every year.
    • Families who had meal benefits last year have a 30 day grace period to apply for this year before students will be removed.
    • Families are responsible for all purchases until applications are processed and qualified for benefits. 
    • Families can use PaySchools to make on-line meal payments, set up low-balance alerts and track student purchases. 
    • A state law allows all reduced qualified students (K-12) to eat both breakfast and lunch for free.  
    • The Nutrition office (10850 E. Woodmen Rd)  will be open from 7:30-4:00 Monday thru Friday starting July 13th to assist with the application process. Please call the phone number on the door for access. 

    District 49 asks that all family members visiting the Operations Facility for Transportation and Nutrition Services to limit the number of members entering the building and to wear face masks to ensure the safety of our staff.  


    If you have any questions, please contact Monica Deines-Henderson, nutrition services director, at md-h@d49.org or 719.495.1106.

Nutrition Services Overview

  • The nutrition services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals who are dedicated to student health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices. We're available for visits from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Help with processing a free-and-reduced application is available from 8 a.m. to noon.

    Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
    Nutrition departments are regulated by the federal government and part of that regulation is to operate as a self-funded enterprise within a school district. This means that nutrition services does not take any tax-payer’s funds from the district to operate the meal programs. 
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Monica Deines-Henderson
Nutrition Services Director
Phone: 719.495.1106
Jackie Sieben
Free and Reduced Processor
Phone: 719.494.8965
Kristina Flaten
Administrative Dietitian
Phone: 719.494.8967
Malinda Reeves
Nutrition Services Specialist
Phone: 719.494.8904
  • 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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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: program.intake@usda.gov

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.