Food and Nutrition Services
Dear District 214 Family,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees all school meal programs throughout the country. The USDA has approved waivers that allow High School District 214 to offer free meals - breakfast and lunch - to all students regardless of their current meal eligibility. This means that any District 214 student can receive school breakfast AND lunch free of charge. This benefit has been extended to include the ENTIRE 2021-2022 school year!
For the school year 2021-2022, all students are eligible to receive school breakfast and lunch free of charge through federal funding for the school meal program. However, it is still important for families who may meet federal income eligibility guidelines to complete the meal/fee waiver application. Families who qualify will be eligible to receive applicable school fee waivers and other state or federal benefits, as available. Instructional fees have been waived for the school year 2021-2022
The online meal/fee waiver application for school year 2021-2022, is now available online by visiting the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The form is located under the More/Meal Benefits Tab.
High School District 214 Food and Nutrition Services
The Food and Nutrition Services Department of Township High School District 214 is an independently operated, non-profit $4 million-dollar-a-year program. More than 85 part-time Nutrition Services professionals take pride in preparing breakfast and lunch for more than 12,000 students and staff members daily. We believe that adequate nutrition contributes positively to students' learning ability, behavior, and general well-being. Therefore, we are very committed to providing this service to the students in the district. We prepare food on-site in all of our buildings.
Our Mission Statement
To provide safe, nutritious, and appetizing meals and snacks at a fair price to promote and encourage the development of sound nutrition habits that will foster academic success.
- Provide quality meals in a positive atmosphere that encourages students to participate.
- Offer the variety of menu items and snacks that our students have come to expect.
- Serve meals that incorporate a variety of foods that are appealing to students.
- Student meals contain adequate calories and a variety of foods to support growth, development, and a healthy weight.
- Purchasing practices ensure the use of high quality ingredients to maximize student acceptance.
Safe Food Handling Practices
Our food services department is committed to providing safe, wholesome food to our customers. All of our central office staff, cafeteria managers, and General School Nutrition III employees who cook or prepare foods are required to have a current sanitation certificate through the state of Illinois Department of Public Health as a condition of employment. Many of our general employees, while not required, have also opted to receive this important training and have successfully completed the course of study and have taken the required refresher courses to keep their licenses current. All Nutrition employees complete safe food handling training annually. We firmly believe this education to be of paramount importance in our operations.
All of our cafeterias are inspected a minimum of twice each school year by the health departments of the municipalities in which the schools are located. We are proud to say that our cafeterias continue to receive scores in the high 90's with some having 100% scores.
Due to supply chain disruptions, items listed on the menu may not be available to serve. A meal will always be available for every student who would like to participate.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/how-file-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
District 214 Food and Nutrition Services Office
847-718-7638 or 847-718-7639