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School Meals and Nutrition

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

Summer Meals Program

Children attending CPS summer programs—and all Chicago children between 1 and 18 years old—are eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch at any school where summer programs take place.

Summer School Menus

Breakfast Lunch

LunchStop Locations

CPS offers meals at outdoor school locations throughout the summer through the LunchStop program. LunchStop sites are open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from June 27 to August 12, 2022. The LunchStop summer meal program provides free, healthy meals across Chicago to all children between 1 and 18 years old. ID is not required.

VIEW LUNCHSTOP SITES

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.

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Nutrition Support Services

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Chicago, IL 60602