Food Services

  • Director of Food Services, Karen Warhus 1575 W. Southern Avenue, Suite 5
    Apache Junction, AZ 85120

    Director of Food Services

    Karen Warhus

    ext. 2201

    Food Services Bookkeeper Angelica Duarte ext. 2205
    Cafe' Services Coordinator  Heidi Deniz ext. 2230

    Sign up for the Family Portal to apply for free and reduced meals or add money to your students lunch account at

    Picklove Apache Junction Unified School District is committed  to the optimal development of every student.

    The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental, and social success, we need to create positive, safe, and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year.

    Research shows that two components, good nutrition and physical activity before, during, and after the school day, are strongly correlated with positive student outcomes. For example, student participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) School Breakfast Program is associated with higher grades and standardized test scores, lower absenteeism, and better performance on cognitive tasks. Conversely, less-than-adequate consumption of specific foods including fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, is associated with lower grades among students.

    We are committed to providing students with a healthy eating environment that can have positive effects on eating habits and physical well-being for life.

    FoodServ Pricing:
    Students are given the choice of Fat-Free Chocolate, Fat-Free White, Fat-Free Strawberry, and 1% White milk. Milk, purchased separately, is .50 cents.

    Breakfast will be served at "no charge" through June, 2022.  Adult prices will be posted in the cafeteria.

    Lunches will be served at "no charge" through June, 2022.   Adult prices will be posted in the cafeteria.

    **Lunch Program Applications may now be completed online through Completed applications are sent directly to the Food Service office and approved the same business day.  It is important that you complete an application for the school year 2021/2022 to insure that we have complete data for Grants and Special Programs.  Four Peaks Elementary will be sent a separate form to complete via Blackboard at the beginning of the school year.






      Forgotten Lunch Money Policy:
     To ensure students receive the nutrition they need throughout the school day the Apache Junction Unified School District shall maintain a meal charge program that minimizes the identification of children with insufficient funds in   their lunch account. Students in grades K-8 are allowed to charge up to three meals. A student in grades K-8 who has reached the limit of three meals will be served an alternative meal until their account is current. Students in grades 9-12 may not charge meals. No lunch charges will be allowed under any circumstances the last ten days of the school year.
     A written communication shall be sent to the parent or guardian via e-mail when the student’s balance has reached $6.00. When sending a payment, the student’s name should be printed on the memo line of the check. Parents may also track and deposit funds in their child’s account by using

    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: Call: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: 
    “This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

    Questions? Please call:
    Karen Warhus, Director of Food Services
    480-982-1110 ext. 2201
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