• Why do adults pay more money for their lunches?

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    District staff members and parents may purchase meals in the school cafeteria. The charge for the adult lunch is currently $0.50 more than the student meal. Meals served to adults are not eligible for federal cash reimbursements, nor do they earn donated commodities. School food authorities must ensure that the federal reimbursements, children's payments and donated commodities do not subsidize program meals served to adults. At a minimum, the adult charge will be greater than the student charge by the value received in cash and commodity reimbursement. Parents and guardians should notify Nutrition Services staff at the school if they are interested in purchasing a meal.

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  • Who determines the school meal menus?

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    The school meal menus are developed by an experienced, credentialed staff member (SNS) and Registered Dietitian (RD). They are then reviewed by the Nutrition Services Managers and Lead Servers and continually evaluated for nutritional content and student acceptability.

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  • What schools serve breakfast?

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    Breakfast is available at the following schools: Chute, Dawes, King Arts, Kingsley, Lincoln, Nichols, Oakton, Park, Walker and Washington. Breakfast service begins one half-hour before the beginning of the school day. 

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  • How does my child order and pay for school meals?

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    Each school has a computerized meal accounting system, known as Mosaic.  Each student can pay for meals daily or in advance, in which case the money will be placed into his/her account (accessed by their ID number). When students purchase a meal, the cost is deducted from their account.  

    Click here for more information about meal payment options.
    Elementary Students: In morning homeroom, students must raise their hand when the teacher takes the “lunch count”. Meals are ordered according to this hand count. ID cards are kept at school and the child’s account information is kept private.

    When a child orders a full meal he/she will:
    • Raise their hand when the homeroom teacher takes a “lunch count”
    • In the lunchroom, pick up their lunch card
    • Walk through the lunch line with their lunch card (portions of the lunch lines are self-service; although, staff is always available to assist students)
    • Drop their lunch card in a designated basket at the end of the lunch line (after lunch service, the meal cost will be deducted from the child's account)

    The Nutrition Services Department encourages parents/guardians to review the menu with their child and discuss which meals he or she would like to order. It is important for children to pick up the same meal he or she orders in the morning to help ensure that every child receives the meal they ordered.

    Middle School: Students use a PIN pad at the register to enter their ID number.  

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  • Can my child order a sack lunch for field trip days?

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    Field trip permission forms should include a section for ordering a sack lunch. To order for your child, please complete this section. All children, including those who are eligible for free or reduced price lunches, can order a sack lunch for field trips.

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  • What are the nutrition standards for school meals?

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    District 65 participates in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program.  Both programs are federally funded, directed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and implemented by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE).

    The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act was signed by the President in 2010, with implementation beginning in 2012. This Act represents the first major revision of school meal standards in more than 15 years and ensures that  student lunches and breakfasts have more whole-grains, vegetables, fruits, less fat and sodium, and set sensible calorie limits based on the age of children being served. 

    Click here for more information about the nutrition standards for school meal programs.

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  • What is the difference between "offer" and "serve"?

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    “Offer versus serve” is the approved method of meal service in school meal programs. Students are only required to take 3 of the 4 components at breakfast, and 3 of the 5 components at lunch, which must include one-half cup of fruit or vegetable. Meal components include the following: meat/meat alternate, whole-grains, fruits, vegetables, and milk. If there is a component of the meal that a student does not wish to eat, they can refuse it. This method helps to cut down on waste in the program(s).

    Students that do not choose to take all lunch components will not receive the full complement of nutrients and calories, as described in the Nutrition Standards Chart.

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  • What if my child does not have enough money in their account to pay for a meal?

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    The Nutrition Services Department understands the importance of good nutrition for your student's academic development and overall well-being. It  is our goal to provide them with a balanced and satisfying meal. Please help us do this by ensuring that your student's account remains funded. Our current procedure for unpaid meals is as follows:


    If a student does not have enough money for a meal, they will be allowed two meal credits. These credits will be charged to the student's meal payment account. After two meal credits, students will be offered a complimentary sandwich, fruit, vegetables, and milk in place of the regularly offered menu items. If the account balance continues to go unpaid and the student returns to the cafeteria with no money or packed lunch, school personnel will attempt to contact the child's parent or guardian. 


    Prepayments can be made with cash or check on-site or through MySchoolBucks.com.

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  • What if a loan for school meals is not repaid?

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    If a student’s loan is not repaid, the debt will follow the student into the next grade level for the following school year. If a student is graduating from middle or magnet school and still owes money, their information will be given to the school office.  

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  • What are "Smart Snacks in Schools?"

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    District 65 is focused on the health of our school environment. The USDA established nutrition standards for all snacks sold in school by any entity, including parent/student organizations, teachers, boosters, fundraisers or the Nutrition Services Department. These standards for snack sales are in effect from any time before school through one half (1/2) hour after school, in accordance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and our district Wellness Policy. Non-compliant foods may be sold from one half (1/2) hour after school through the end of the day. These standards carefully balance science-based nutrition guidelines with practical and flexible solutions to promote healthier eating on campus.
    Smart Snacks in Schools Product Calculator

    Use the Smart Snacks in Schools Product Calculator, developed by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, to take the guesswork out of nutrition standards. Simply enter the product information, answer a few questions, and determine whether your snack, side or entree item meets the new USDA Smart Snacks in School standards. Click here to view the Product Calculator.

    Kids often need snacks to help them get enough calories (ENERGY) throughout the day. Choosing healthy snacks that add nutrients, like vitamins and minerals, to their diets is essential. Smart snacking is a great way to meet daily nutrient requirements that may be missed during meal times.
    Students in our district are offered healthier school meals with more fruits, vegetables and whole grains through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program. The Smart Snacks in Schools standards published by the USDA will build on those healthy advancements, by ensuring that all other snack foods and beverages available for sale to students in school are also nutritious.
    Smart Snacks Nutrition Standards: Foods

    Any food sold in school must:
    • Be a “whole grain-rich” grain product; or
    • Have as the first ingredient a fruit, a vegetable, a dairy product or a protein food; or
    • Be a combination food that contains at least one fourth (¼) cup of fruit and/or vegetable; or

    • Contain 10% of the Daily Value (DV) of one of the nutrients of public health concern in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (calcium, potassium, vitamin D or dietary fiber)
    Foods must meet several nutrient requirements:

    Calorie limits
    • Snack items: ≤ 200 calories

    • Entrée items: ≤ 350 calories

    Sodium limits
    • Snack items: ≤ 230 mg

    • Entrée items: ≤ 480 mg

    Fat limits
    • Total fat: ≤ 35% of calories
    • Saturated fat: ≤ 10% of calories

    • Trans fat: zero grams

    Sugar limit

    • ≤ 35% of weight from total sugars in foods


    Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient analysis, as part of the food item sold. This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods.
    Smart Snacks Nutrient Standards: Beverages

    All schools may sell:
    • Plain water (with or without carbonation)
    • Unflavored low fat milk
    • Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP

    • 100% fruit or vegetable juice, and 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation) and no added sweeteners
    Elementary schools may sell up to 8-ounce portions, while middle and high schools may sell up to 12-ounce portions of milk and juice. There is no portion size limit for plain water.
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