The District participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). The NSLP is a federally assisted meals program operating in public, private non-profit schools. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act and provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children who qualify for the program at each school. It is administered at the federal level by the USDA and at the state level by the Illinois State Board of Education.
All children enrolled at a participating school may purchase a meal through the NSLP. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents. Parents must complete an application and the application must be reviewed and verified in order to qualify for participation in the free/reduced meal program.
2015- 2016 Applications are available in English and in Spanish.
Children from families with incomes over 185 percent of poverty pay full price, though their meals are still subsidized to some extent. The District sets its own prices for full-priced meals, but must operate its meal services as a non-profit program.
When selecting a meal, the District must offer free and reduced-priced lunches to eligible children. An eligible child must select three components in order for the meal to be reimbursable. The components must include three of the following items: milk, meat or meat alternate, vegetable and/or fruits, and grains and/or breads. The District is reimbursed for each complete (three components) meal served to an eligible child. Reimbursement rates are applied based on the child's eligibility: paid full-price, reduced-price, or free.
If a child who is eligible chooses to take only one or two components rather than all three, he/she will be charged the full price for each component rather than receiving the free or reduced price. Additionally, if a child chooses an a la carte item, it is also an extra cost and the child will be charged accordingly. Please remember, if your child is eligible, he/she must take all three components when obtaining their lunch for the day in order to avoid any additional charges to his/her meal program account. Please contact Karen Eden, at The Administration Center for further information regarding this program.