Forms and Policies
Lunch Account FAQ


Pricing for the 2024-25 school year is listed below. Seconds and ala carte options will still be charged to the student’s account.

August Menus

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Breakfast and Lunch Fees


  • Student – $2.10
  • Adult – $3.00


  • Elementary Student – $3.25
  • Secondary Student – $3.35
  • Adult – $4.85

Additional Pricing (Oak View and High School) –

A la Carte pricing


Harvest of the Month

May 2024 – Rhubarb / Mushroom / Parsley

April 2024 – Papaya

March 2024 – Orange

Kids in the Kitchen

dcg students wearing aprons to cook

Taher and The Family Consumer Science Program at DCG Middle School have teamed up to create Culinary Art’s after school programs called Kids in the Kitchen and the Chef Club.

Kids in the Kitchen is for 7th and 8th grade students who are interested in the Culinary Arts. Chef’s Club  is for second year Culinary Students. The groups meet once per month from 3:15-4:20 p.m. in the Middle School kitchen.

Students begin each year talking about Farm to Table, preparing apple pie, and quick breads, and end the year with a Mystery Basket Cooking Challenge.

High School Honors Study Club (Academic Offerings)

Culture Week This program features Taher’s Chef  twice a month working with our high school students who are interested in the culinary arts but have conflicts with their other core classes. The AO offers short- 20 minute cooking classes.



About Taher

Taher, Inc. is a contract food service management company providing K-12 school lunch managementcampus diningsenior diningbusiness dining and cateringsummer camp dining, and vending and office coffee services to clients in our growing nationwide footprint.

Since its founding in 1981 by President and CEO Bruce Taher, the company has focused on serving fresh foods expertly prepared by a team of chefs, monitored by a group of seasoned veterans, and delivered at a reasonable price.

Taher serves over 34 million meals per year, and employs and/or supervises over 2,600 employees. Supporting each of Taher’s field sites is a regional staff of dietitians, merchandising and creative design professionals, purchasing personnel, and specialists in information technology, facility design, and operations.

Taher App – The Taher Mobile app provides menus, nutritional, and food allergy information, in addition to the latest news and events. Click here for the iOS download. Click here for a Google Play link.

This newsletter gives updates about things going on in Taher as well as recipes and healthy tips.

Healthy to a T – May

Healthy to a T – March

Healthy to a T – January 

Healthy to a T – October

Healthy to a T – November

Healthy to a T – December

The Nutrition Department partners with Taher to teach students about seasonal fruits, vegetables, and herbs. DCG Chef and the Director of Nutrition Services, work with students to give them exposure to these unique foods as well as showing them how to introduce them into their diet. This is a fun and safe environment for students to try new foods.

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Dallas Center-Grimes CSD makes applying for Free and Reduced meals quick and easy, and families may apply at any time during the year, whenever their situation changes. The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program established by President Truman in 1946 offers nutritionally balanced, low-cost, or free lunches to children each day.  Free School Meals entitles each eligible student to one free breakfast and one free lunch on all in-person academic days. All items outside of the complete meal are considered ala carte purchases.

BREAKFAST: To receive the meal free of charge, students must select fruit and two other components.

LUNCH: To receive the meal free of charge, students must select at least one fruit or vegetable and two other items.

The breakfast menu consists of whole grains, lean protein, fruit, and milk daily. The lunch menu consists of whole grains, lean protein, fruit, vegetables, and milk daily.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

Iowa Non-Discrimination Statement

Declaración de no discriminación del Departmamento de Agricultura (USDA)

Online Free and Reduced Application

Free & Reduced Income Guidelines 2024-25

23-24 School Lunch and Breakfast Program Public Release

Free & Reduced FAQs

Diet Modification Form

Diet Modification FAQ

Wellness Policy

For additional questions or to complete a paper copy, please reach out to your building’s administrative assistant or call the DCG Administration Office at 515-992-3866.

 How do I put money in my child’s lunch account?

Parents are able to add money to their child’s lunch account at any time. To do this, please log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal account. Parents will be notified by the school when their child’s account reaches a negative balance.

Am I able to view my child’s transaction history?

Yes, you are able to see what items your child is purchasing on a daily basis. Follow the instructions below to view their transaction history.

  • Log in to Infinite Campus
  • Click on the Food Service tab
  • Select your student’s name
  • Click “Go”
  • View Transaction Details

How do I automatically add money to a food service account?

  • Log in to your Infinite Campus Parent Portal
  • Select Recurring Payments
  • Select Food Service
  • Select a Frequency Option: Weekly, Semi-Monthly (1st and 15th of the month), monthly or Low Balance.
  • Select the Payment Method you want to use and the Email Address for Infinite Campus to send the receipt.
  • Select Save

How do I set up Recurring Payments for Fees?

  • Select Recurring Payments
  • Select the fee that you want to pay in installments.
  • Complete the required fields.
  • Select Save

How do I edit my Recurring Payments?

  • Select Recurring Payments
  • Select the fee or food service payment you want to edit.
  • Complete the required fields.
  • Select Save.