Community Consolidated School District 59 is committed to providing quality, nutritious, and satisfying meals to our diverse student body. School District 59 contracts with Ceres Food Group to serve hot lunches. Meals are prepared at an off-site kitchen and are transported to each school.
2012-13 Meal Prices:
Elementary Lunch $2.50, Breakfast $1.30, Milk .30
Junior High Lunch $2.50, Breakfast $1.30, Milk .30
ELEMENTARY JUNIOR HIGH
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Junior High Ala Carte
Junior highs offer an ala carte menu. The ala carte items are not considered part of the National School Lunch Program and must be purchased at an additional cost. The student's personal meal account can be used to purchase ala carte items.
The Childhood Hunger Relief Act requires schools that have at least 40% of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches to offer breakfast programs. The following schools offer breakfast:
- Admiral Byrd
- Friendship Jr. High
- Grove Jr. High
- Holmes Jr. High
- John Jay
- Juliette Low
- Robert Frost
- Salt Creek
National School Lunch Program Overview
Understanding the Program
Community Consolidated School District 59 participates in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program and is subject to the requirements of this federally assisted program that provides nutritionally balanced meals for all students. This overview is designed to assist in furthering the understanding of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program and how it impacts District 59's School Nutrition Program.
School meals must meet one third of the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for elementary and junior high students. In addition, no more than 30% of the calories come from fat and less than 10% comes from saturated fat as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These requirements are based on a weekly calculation of the menu items.
What is considered a meal?
All children participating in the Lunch and Breakfast Program must select the required components in order for their meals to be considered a complete meal according to the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. A complete reimbursable meal must contain three components including a fruit or vegetable. A complete meal is the best nutritional and financial value.
Breakfast consists of cereal and milk and other assorted breakfast side items. Lunch consists of an entrée along with a variety of side dishes including milk. The daily lunch meal menu offers both a meat entrée and a non-meat entrée. In addition, there are items that can be substituted for any entrée including a chicken sandwich, sub sandwich, cheese sandwich, or cereal and milk. All flavored milk served is required to be non-fat.
At the junior highs there is also an a la Carte menu from which to choose. A la Carte items are not considered part of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program so must be purchased at an additional cost.
Free and Reduced Meals
The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program provides free and reduced-price meals to students whose family earnings fall within minimum income levels. The household eligibility guidelines, as well as the policies governing this program, are determined annually by the State of Illinois and the federal government.
Prior to the beginning of each year, parents/guardians are notified of the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program guidelines and provided the necessary application form. It is the parent/guardian responsibility to complete and submit the application to the District’s School Nutrition Department with the appropriate and accurate information. Only one form per family should be submitted. The application will be processed within 10 business days of submission and families will be notified of the determination in writing.
Families can apply for this program at any time during the school year. Families must re-apply for meal benefits every year.
Annually the State requires a random verification to ensure that only those families who are eligible are receiving meal benefits. Families selected for verification must provide the requested documentation showing that the information on the application is accurate and qualifies for continued benefits.