Food Service for Next Year

Reported by on 7/26/22

Information Regarding SY 22-23 School Meals

Child nutrition programs have been essential throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring kids continued to get the nutrition they need. We understand the coming school year will be a significant transition for families as we return to pre-pandemic meal programs with paid, free, and reduced-priced eligibilities for students. Children need healthy meals to learn. Indian Prairie School District 204 offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.60, High and Middle School lunch costs $2.80, and Elementary School lunch costs $2.75.

Schools had federal flexibilities during COVID so they could serve all kids free meals. Some of those options expired, so we can no longer serve all meals free anymore. Instead, families will do what they did before COVID. The school district will take applications and use family income to qualify kids for free, reduce-price, or paid meals. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, use the Household Eligibility Application, found by cutting and pasting the web address below. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information.

Schools are also facing the same challenges many grocery stores and other places are having with getting all the food and supplies they need. When this happens, school nutrition professionals are doing everything they can to serve healthy meals to your child. Sometimes that means needing to swap out some foods for others because some foods are easier to get. School meals must meet strong nutrition standards, and we are continuing to work hard to serve students the nutritious, delicious meals they need to learn and grow. Please be patient with the school nutrition professionals striving to serve our kids. They are committed to making sure our kids get the healthy meals they depend on.

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