The Food and Nutrition Services Department supports academic achievement by providing students with nutritious meals and exceptional customer service.
Each day, the Food and Nutrition Services department prepares and serves more than 20,000 lunches for students and staff at all district schools. Breakfast is also served at 28 schools. Current school lunch menus will be posted during the school year at each school and on this website.
Students may qualify for free meals or reduced-price meals based on federally established family income guidelines. Reduced price for lunch is $.40. “Reduced price” breakfasts are served at no charge.
For information about your student’s meal account balance please use Campus Portal. When adding to your student’s meal account, please make all checks payable to ISD196 Food Service, and include your student's PIN or ID.
Free Summer Meals & Educational Benefits
All District 196 families are encouraged to apply annually for the Educational Benefits Program(formerly known as the Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program) for the upcoming school year. www.district196.org/edbenefits The annual application should be submitted even though breakfast and lunch will be provided to all students in 2021-22 at no charge through special funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 2021-2022 Applications will be available July 19, 2021.
Educational Benefits Program directly supports your child's school with compensatory aid, which is determined by how many families apply. This critical funding provides additional teachers, additional instructional materials, math and reading support, and additional paraprofessionals and social workers.
Below are some helpful links for your convenience.
Food allergies and special diets
Parents or guardians of a child with a severe food allergy or special diet needs should contact the school nurse. Parents may be asked to have their child’s licensed physician complete a Special Diet Statement and submit it to the school nurse.
Jennifer Hall, RN, LSN
For more information about food allergies and special diets, visit the Allergies page.