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School Meals and Nutrition

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

School Meals Available to All Free of Charge

CPS is excited to announce participation in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for School Year 2021-22. This means that meals will be available at no cost to all enrolled students. SSO is administered by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). SSO is traditionally a program option for schools during the summer but flexibilities due to the pandemic make it available for the upcoming year.

Menus

In some cases, the district has been unable to serve items listed on our menus due to a work stoppage involving one of our food distributors, which has ended. We are striving to provide our full list of menu offerings as soon as possible. If you have any questions or concerns, please email food@cps.edu.

Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fat-free and 1% milk, and peanut butter (or Sun Butter®) and jelly sandwiches are served every day in addition to our core menus. See each month's core menu and nutritional information for your child’s school below.

September Pre-K In-School Menus

Breakfast MENU          LUNCH MENU

K-12 GNG Breakfast Menu

SEPTEMBER MENU

September K-12 In-School Lunch Menus

k-8 MENU

9-12 Menu

Carbohydrate Reports

Potential Changes

There may be times when the district needs to change available meal sites. These changes may happen for several reasons:

  • Community needs for nutrition support may change
  • Sites may merge to cover unexpected staffing demands or absences
  • A school may need to undergo special cleaning or repairs
  • Equipment may need to be serviced or replaced
  • A school may need to undergo a COVID-19 or other public health investigation

Please monitor this page for the latest information on available meal pick-up days.

Dietary Restrictions

Vegetarian options are always available. For support accommodating other dietary restrictions, including food allergies, contact your school or email food@cps.edu. 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 food@cps.edu.

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.

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Help Us Create New Menus

Parents, please take a short survey about breakfast and lunch items your child enjoys.

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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) found online at https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, 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; 2. Fax: (202) 690-7442; or Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

"Welcome Back to School Meals" Video

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Nutrition Support Services

42 W. Madison St.
Chicago, IL 60602