School District 21 in conjunction with Chartwells offers a daily hot breakfast and lunch in each of its twelve elementary and middle schools and the Administration encourages your student to participate. At full-price, a student breakfast costs $1.30, an elementary school student lunch costs $2.25, a middle school student lunch costs $2.35, and a carton of milk costs $0.55. For more information on pricing, please refer to the Food Service Price Guide.
District 21 is continuing its relationship with Chartwells for the 2011-2012 school year. For the past seven years, Chartwells and the District have partnered to continuously improve the selection and quality of food offered to the student body. Together, ee are committed to maintaining this trend.
All students have a food service account that they can access using a unique PIN (personal identification number), which is the same as the password that students use in CCSD21's computer systems. Students should, and do, memorize their passwords/PINs and not share these with others. Deposits to the student’s food service account may be made using check or cash. If payment is made by check, it should be made payable to CCSD 21 and your student’s food service PIN should be written in the memo section. Place the check or cash in a sealed envelope and write, on the outside of the envelope, your student’s name and his/her teacher’s name. The envelope should be given to your student’s teacher by you or your student. If you have more than one student and they attend the same school you may combine their deposits. In addition to their names and PINs, please be sure to include instructions inside the envelope describing how the funds should be divided. If your children attend different schools, you must make separate deposits.
Please note: Lunch room personnel can neither accept nor disburse money in any form.
Balance inquiries can be made by contacting the CCSD21 Business Office or Chartwells (see Contacts listed below). All prior-year cash balances for continuing students will be carried over.
When a student’s balance approaches $0, a reminder notice will be sent home. The District offers each student a small amount of credit. For those students who exceed their credit limit and until additional funds are added, the District will offer only an alternative meal consisting of a cheese sandwich, fruit and white milk.
CCSD21 takes part in the National School Lunch Program and your child may qualify for Free or Reduced Price meals. The Free and Reduced Price Meal applications are available in English and Spanish. A paper copy may also be obtained from the student’s school office or the District 21 Business Office. A new application must be submitted prior to each school year. Completed applications may be mailed to or dropped off at your student’s school or the CCSD21 Business Office.
In order to qualify as a meal under the National School Lunch Program, a breakfast must contain three (3) side dishes, one of which may or may not be a milk. A lunch must contain one (1) entrée and at least two (2) side dishes, one of which may or may not be a milk. If your student does not take the required servings at each meal, they will not qualify for a Free or Reduced Price meal and will be charged full a la carte price for each item.
The District does not participate in the Federally-funded Special Milk Program. Those students who qualify for Free or Reduced Price meals and do not take a qualified meal will be charged full price for milk.
Information on Reduced Price meals is available on our website on the Food Service Pricing Guide.
CCSD 21 strives to provide as much variety as possible in its menus while remaining within the constraints of the National School Lunch Program regulations. Menus for the following month are posted in advance to the District website and may be accessed from the Parents page on the District 21 website or from this page.
The District 21 Board of Education places a high priority on the nutrition of its students. The District’s Food Service Director, Kate Zebert, is a trained nutritionist and spends a significant amount of her time planning menus that adhere to USDA requirements. Nutrition data for each menu item is available by accessing the appropriate menu and then clicking on the View Nutrients link located at the bottom of each day. If your child has specific nutritional needs, please contact the nurse at your student’s school.
If your child has specific needs related to allergies, please contact the nurse at your student’s school.
CCSD21 Business Office:
Andrew Kruzich, Director of Business Services