Good nutrition shall be promoted in the District’s meal programs and in other food and beverages that are sold to students during the school day. The Superintendent or designee shall manage a food service program that complies with this policy and is in alignment with School Board policy 6:50, School Wellness. Food or beverage items sold to students as part of a reimbursable meal under the School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program must consist of nutritious, well-balanced, and age-appropriate meals that reflect food and nutrition requirements specified by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture. The type and amounts of food and beverages sold to students before school and during the regular school day in any school that participates in the School Breakfast Program or the National School Lunch Program shall comply with any applicable mandates in the Illinois State Board of Education’s School Food Service rule and the federal rules implementing the National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act.
The food service program shall restrict the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the food service areas during meal periods. All revenue from the sale of any food or beverages sold in competition with the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program to students in food service areas during the meal period shall accrue to the nonprofit school lunch program account.
Meal Charges for Meals Provided by the District
The Building Principal and District staff will work jointly to prevent meal charges from accumulating. Every effort to collect all funds due to the District will be made on a regular basis and before the end of the school year.
Unpaid meal charges are considered delinquent debt when payment is overdue as defined by Board policy 4:45, Insufficient Fund Checks and Debt Recovery. The District will make reasonable efforts to collect charges classified as delinquent debt.
When a student’s funds are low or there is a negative balance, reminders will be provided to the staff, students, and their parent(s)/guardian(s) at regular intervals during the school year. If a parent/guardian regularly fails to provide meal money and does not qualify for free meal benefits, the Building Principal or designee, will direct the next course of action. Continual failure to provide meal money may require the District to notify the Ill. Dept. of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and/or take legal steps to recover the unpaid meal charges.
Students at the high school level will not be extended credit for the purchases of meals.
Students at the middle school level will be extended credit for the purchase of up to five meals. After a deficit balance in the amount of five meals has been created, no further credit or meals will be provided unless payment is made.
Students at the elementary school level will be extended credit for the purchase of meals up to five meals. After five meals, students will be provided with an alternative meal at a reduced rate until balance is paid. Elementary students will always be provided with a meal.
LEGAL REF.: B. Russell National School Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. §1751 et seq.
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. §1771 et seq.
7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220, Nutrition Standards in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
105 ILCS 125/.
Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-296).
7 C.F.R. §245.5.
23 Ill.Admin.Code Part 305, School Food Service.
ADOPTED: November 22, 2004
REVISED: November 19, 2012
January 22, 2018