schools shall serve a hot lunch. The cost of such meals shall be set at
a price, which will encourage maximum participation and keep the
financial operation on a break-even basis.
Children who carry lunch from home may purchase milk and any available a la carte offerings.
All children who remain at school for lunch are required to stay on
the school grounds during lunch period and shall be adequately
Free and Reduced-Price Food Services
The Superintendent shall be responsible for implementing the
District’s free/reduced price food services policy. The District shall
maintain an accurate record of the actual number of free and reduced
price lunches served each day.
Eligibility Criteria and Selection of Children
A student’s eligibility for free/reduced-price food services shall be
determined by the income eligibility guidelines, family-size income
standards annually distributed by the Illinois State Board of Education.
At the beginning of each school year, by letter, the District shall
notify students and their parent(s)/guardian(s) of: (1) the eligibility
requirements for free/reduced-price food service; (2) its application
process; and (3) the telephone number of a contact person for the
program. Copies of the notice also shall be made available upon request
to any interested person.
The District shall avoid publicly identifying students receiving free
or reduced-price meals and shall use methods for collecting meal
payments, which prevent identification of children receiving assistance.
Appeal From a Decision
A family may receive a review of the District’s decision to deny an
application for free/reduced price food services by submitting a request
for review in writing to the Superintendent within ten (10) school days
of any adverse eligibility decisions. The Superintendent shall review
the decision, and may request additional documentation and/or a meeting
with the family. The Superintendent shall provide by mail a copy of
his/her review decision within thirty (30) school days of receipt of a
review request from the family. The District may also use these
procedures to challenge a child’s continued eligibility for free/reduced
price food services. The decision of the Superintendent shall be final.
Adopted: April 20, 1998
Revised: March 15, 1999; March 23, 2015