Food Services Department
District Office phone number: (623) 691-4040
Fax: (623) 691-5925
Warehouse hours: 6:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Office hours: 7:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Local Wellness Policy
To read our Local Wellness Policy, click here. To learn how to be a part of the local wellness committee call 623-691-4040.
Our mission is to serve healthy meals for the body and mind, for positive long-term health and academic success.
Our vision is to be recognized as the leader in School Nutrition by pioneering innovative methods of linking nutrition to lifelong learning.
As Cartwright students return to school this year, they’ll find healthy choices in their school cafeterias. School meals meet federal nutrition standards ensuring students receive a variety of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins and low fat or fat-free milk each school day. Meals must also meet new limits on calories, trans-fat and sodium. We work hard to make these healthy choices delicious for our students. School meals are great tasting and a huge convenience for busy families. We are proud to offer all meals free of charge to students.
All our school breakfasts meet new standards to ensure students start their day with the nutrition they need to succeed. All grains served will be whole grain rich, and served with a cup of fruit and juice. Research shows that students who start their day with a healthy breakfast perform better in school. That’s why Cartwright is helping make sure students have access to healthy school breakfasts by serving breakfast in the classroom at most of our sites.
Breakfast in the Classroom
This year we are pleased to be serving Breakfast in the Classroom at all our schools.
Students and community children (18 & under) can enjoy free dinners at Spitalny from 2:30-4:30 daily, during the regular school year. Dinners or snacks are served at other schools that provide after school activities. The dinner initiative has three goals: fighting childhood hunger, reducing alarming rates of obesity, and drawing more students to after-school programs, where extra academic help is available. Healthy dinners include high-quality protein, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and low-fat milk.
Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
We offer a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program at Palm Lane, Cartwright, Spitalny, Tarver, Heatherbrae, Long and Downs. All students are provided with fresh fruits and vegetables in their classroom during the day.
Cartwright School District’s breakfast, lunch and dinner programs are federally assisted programs that provide nutritionally balanced meals to students each day. All meals served must meet the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans by promoting health and preventing disease through increased intake of fruits, vegetables and grains, while limiting fat, salt and sugar. The most important aspect of our program is to offer students a variety of foods to choose from so that sound nutritional choices are made. Our foods are student tested and accepted. To ensure product consistency, meal participation results are closely monitored.
For additional information call us at 623-691-4040.
"In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call toll free (866)632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339 or (800)845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."
Director of Food Services
Diane Gruman, SNS is the Director of Food Services for the Cartwright School District. Diane has served in this position since July 2011. She has worked in the Food Service industry for 40+ years and in school food service for the past 20 years. Diane is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, a member of the School Nutrition Association and is ServSafe Certified.