Community Consolidated School District 62 is committed to the overall wellbeing of children.
District 62 partcipates in USDA sponsored nutrition program that includes the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, and the Special Milk Program. District 62 has partnered with Arbor Management to offer nutritious, healthy food options to all students. Meals are prepared at our on-site kitchen and transported to each school daily, and served to our diverse student body.
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Substitutions can be made to the regular meal, including milk for any child with disabilities (i.e. a life-threatening reaction when exposed to the food and/or beverage); Arbor Management and staff are trained in proper food handeling, sanitation, and allergen managment procedures. A licensed physician's statement is required Pursuant to Section 27-8.1 of the School Code. Please complete Physician Statement form HERE.
For assistance, please call Food Service Director Chris Roberts (847) 789-5630, or call your child's school office.
Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications
The application for meal benefits must be completed each school year, and only one application is needed per household.
Your child’s application is only good for that one school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year
Questions regarding Free and Reduced-Price School Meals benefit may be directed to your Home School.
Breakfast After the Bell
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but too many kids miss a morning meal. Schools that offer breakfast after the start of the instructional day are able to provide more kids with the healthy food they need to learn.
Public Act 99-0850 mandates that all Illinois schools with a free and reduced lunch eligibility of 70 percent or greater serve breakfast after the start of the school day. This Breakfast After the Bell (BATB) requirement started with 2018-2019 School Year. The BATB program is intended to increase access to breakfast so that students start their day well-nourished and ready to learn.
All students at the eligible BATB schools, not just students eligible for free or reduced price meals, have access to free breakfast after the start of the school day. The current eligible Breakfast After the Bell (BATB) Schools include:
To support the BATB program at the listed eligible schools, our District established Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows all first through fifth grade students at the BATB eligible school to also receive free lunch.
Free and Reduced Lunch Application for BATB Schools
Families do not need to submit a Free and Reduced Lunch Application for their students attending North, Orchard Place, or Plainfield Elementary Schools for the students to receive the free meals outlined above. However, the Free and Reduced lunch application will need to be submitted for siblings that attend Middle School or students that participate in the Extended Day Kindergarten program at the Early Learning Center to receive either free and/or reduced meals at those locations.
Fee Waiver for BATB Schools
To apply for a Fee Waiver for students attending North, Orchard Place, or Plainfield Elementary Schools, parents will need to submit an alternate Household and Income Form, available at the school or on-line in ENGLISH & FORMULARIO DE INGRESOS Y HOGAR. Eligibility for a Fee Waiver depends on family size and income, which is evaluated using the free lunch threshold set forth under the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program.
Please contact your Home School or Susan Artarian via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals must be renewed each year.
The required information is as follows:
Food Stamp/TANF households - Households that currently receive food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for their children, only have to list each child's name and food stamp or TANF case number and sign the application. Link card numbers cannot be used.
Confidentiality - Information submitted on your application is only used by school officials to determine if your child(ren) qualify for free lunch/milk. The signature of the child's parent or legal guardian is required on the application to allow school officials to determine eligibility for other services.
Verification - School officials may verify the information on the application at any time during the school year.
Other households - If your household's income is at or below the level shown on the income scale, children are eligible for at least reduced price lunch and milk, and may be eligible for free lunch. Households must provide the following information:
Fair Hearing - You may speak with school officials if you do not agree with the decision on your application or with the results of verification. You also may ask for a fair hearing. Please write and mail your request to Mark Bertolozzi, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, Community Consolidated School District 62, 777 East Algonquin Road, Des Plaines, IL 60016-6281.
Full-priced meal items for 2022-2023
The Board of Education approved the food service prices for the 2022-2023 School year. Following new prices are reflected on our Breakfast and Lunch Menus.
Community Consolidated School District 62 offers Free & Reduced Price Meals Program for those students unable to pay under the Illinois Free Lunch and Special Milk Programs. Children from households that meet federal guidelines are eligible for free lunch and milk. Application forms are sent in July/August to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To receive free lunches and milk for your child, each family must complete an application and return it to the school. Incomplete applications cannot be processed or approved.
If you have questions regarding your eligibility status, please contact Susan Artarian via email email@example.com.
Click BOARD POLICY and choose Policies tab to review Food Services Management (4:120), Free and Reduced-Price Food Services (4:130) under 04: Operational Services; and School Wellness (6:050) under 06: Instruction.