4:130 - Food Service

Policy 4:130

Business and Non-Instructional Operations

Food Service

All 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 supervised.

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.

Notification

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.

Non-discrimination Assurance

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

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