The Food and Nutrition Services Department supports academic achievement by providing students with nutritious meals and exceptional customer service.
Beginning Nov. 19, all students are eligible for free seven-day meal kits to support their distance learning. Meal kits will be available for pick up near the entrance of any District 196 school on:
- Monday, 4-5:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, 7:30-9 a.m.
- Wednesday, 10-11 a.m. (Digital Academy Meals will continue)
- Thursday, 7:30-9 a.m.
- Friday, 7:30-9 a.m.
Look for the banner and sign for the distribution location. Families with children in multiple schools are encouraged to pick-up all seven-day meal kits at one school.
To take part in this, please complete the Seven-Day Meal Kit Interest Survey. This will allow the Food and Nutrition Services Department to prepare the number of meal kits needed. The survey only needs to be completed once.
Fueling students for academic success
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.
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.
Kristi Harvey, RN, LSN
For more information about food allergies and special diets, visit the Allergies page.