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:

    Student Breakfast    $1.25                      Adult Breakfast  $2.75

    Elementary Lunch    $2.50                      Adult Lunches     $4.60

    CCJH Lunch                 $2.75

    AJHS Lunch                 $2.85

    Milk                                   .50



    Apply for Free and Reduced Lunches online at after July 10th. These will  be sent home via blackboard this year. A few applications will also be available in the principals office at each school.  It can take up to 10 days to process a paper application.  Parents are responsible for their child’s lunch account until the application process is complete.  Please apply online to expedite the wait time. Please note:  If you have older children who were on the program the previous year, your Kindergarten child is NOT automatically on the lunch program.  You must complete a new application prior to the start of school in order for them to receive benefits on the first day.



      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, 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 Rights
      1400 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.”

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