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Every student can eat well, regardless of household income

 Visiting Taher Chef serves Lake Havasu High School students.
Visiting Taher Chef serves Lake Havasu High School students.

Teachers in the Lake Havasu Unified School District nourish students’ minds, but it’s the food service that keeps the kids well-fed and primed to learn.

Taher is the contracted food service company that provides their meals for breakfast and lunch.

When students report for the first day of school Aug. 5, the breakfast price at all district schools is $1.25. Elementary school lunches will cost $2.50. Middle and high school lunches will cost $2.75. The 10-cent increase in lunch prices for the 2019-2020 school year was approved at the district’s governing board meeting in June.

Some families with tight budgets may have difficulty with those daily costs, especially if they have multiple students in school. Anne Taffe, the district’s child nutrition supervisor, said free or reduced price meals are available to families that qualify for the federal school lunch program.

“Havasupai, Jamaica, Lake Havasu High, Nautilus, Oro Grande, Smoketree, Starline and Thunderbolt Middle School will offer healthy meals every school day,” Taffe said. “Breakfast will cost $1.25 at Jamaica, Lake Havasu High, Starline and Thunderbolt. Breakfast is free at Havasupai, Nautilus, Oro Grande and Smoketree. Lunch is $2.50 at the elementaries and $2.75 at the middle and high school. Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Reduced-price meals cost 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.”

Taffe explained that qualifications for children to receive free or reduced price meals include:

- Belonging to a household whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines

- Belonging to a household that receives public assistance

- If the child is homeless, migrant, runaway, foster, or participates in a Head Start or Even Start pre-kindergarten.

Household size and income determine eligibility for meal benefits if the household doesn’t receive assistance or the children are not in the other categories mentioned. Children can get free or reduced-price meals if the household’s gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guideline chart.

In some cases, a household may have already received notification that their children are approved for free meals this year. Other families may apply for free or reduced-price meals by completing an application and returning it to the school. Taffe said applications are avail¬able at all district schools, the district office at 2200 Havasupai Blvd. or online at

Only one application is required for all children in the household.

Situations often have a way of changing, so families can apply for benefits at any time, Taffe said. If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school.

Taffe will review applications and determine eligibility. For more information, contact Taffe on July 29 or after at 928-854-5413 or e-mail at



Pam Ashley, Today's News-Herald
Jul 25, 2019

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