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School Meals and Nutrition

Chicago Public Schools offers free, nutritionally balanced breakfast, lunch, and snacks to all students.

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Find Summer Meals Near You

All Chicago children between 1 and 18 years old are eligible to receive free meals during summer break at LunchStop sites or at any school where summer programs take place.

Find Meals

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Get the Most Out of MealViewer

CPS school menus are now available on MealViewer, an online menu service that keeps communities up-to-date on their school’s daily breakfast and lunch menus. Here's how you can get the most out of MealViewer: 

  • Create a profile to save student information and provide feedback on school meals. With a profile, you can add allergens to get notified when they are on school menus. Creating a profile is not required to view menus for your school. For assistance setting up your profile, view the instructional video.
  • Download the app to access MealViewer on the go. Find the MealViewer app in the Apple and Google stores. To learn more about navigating the app, view the introductory video in English or Spanish.
  • Get support and find answers to your questions by contacting the Office of Nutrition Support Services at

Dietary Restrictions

Vegetarian options are always available. For support accommodating other dietary restrictions, including food allergies, contact your school or email Find more information on supporting students with food allergies on the Allergies section of the Chronic Conditions page.

Reporting Issues with School Food

If there is an issue with a single meal, the student should notify the school’s dining manager, who should offer another option.

If there are consistent issues with the food at your school, please take the following steps:

  • Continue to report them to your dining manager.
  • Report the issue to your school principal.
  • Begin to keep a daily log.

Report the issues to

CPS Farm to School

Farm to School integrates local food in the dining center and growing food in the school garden.


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CPS Farm to School

Farm to School integrates local food in the dining center and growing food in the school garden.


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CPS Nutrition Guidelines

CPS is committed to providing healthy, high-quality food to all students.


Non-Discrimination Statement

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), which may also be found 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; 2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or Email:

"Welcome Back to School Meals" Video

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Nutrition Support Services

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602