On behalf of our Food Service Staff, we would like to personally welcome those of you that are new to USD 207 and welcome back all of our returning families. We hope that you will trust us to take care of your children's food service needs. Know that our staff prides itself on getting to know your children and being that friendly face they can rely on in the lunchroom.
We want to let you know a few important details about your school meal program for the 2023-24 School Year. For more detailed information, the links to the right side of the page will take you to specific areas of interest regarding the Nutrition Services Department's daily operations.
Child Nutrition Benefit Application
If you feel you may benefit or qualify for free or reduced meals, please view the parent letter and complete the application packet linked on the right side of this page. If you prefer to complete the form online, you may do so at USD 207 Online Child Nutrition Application.
The application is a confidential document. We ask that paper applications are returned in an envelope, marked "Attention: Melissa Hurley" to the school office or the USD 207 Board of Education.
Completed paper applications may also be mailed to:
Each meal prepared at USD 207 is under the guidance of the USDA School Nutrition Program. The meals have specific amounts of required whole grains, meats or meat alternates, fruits, vegetables, and of course milk. The USDA has loosened requirements for meal modification that can be made within the meal pattern that we are serving. In other words, if your child is allergic to strawberries we can make the meal adjustment with another fruit. If your child has a lactose sensitivity, or egg or milk intolerance, we may have the substitutions available that do not affect the parameters of the meal requirements. Simply notify the nurse at your child’s school and she will notify us. If we have any questions or require additional information, we will contact you directly. Please note, these requests MUST come from you, the parent, and not from your student. The same is true for a request to discontinue modification. If your child comes in and says “my mom says I can’t have…” or “my mom says it’s ok for me to have that again,” we will be contacting you prior to making the requested change your child has just vocalized to us.
If a specific item changes in the meal pattern, and we are not able to make a substitution within the meal pattern, it is necessary to fill out a Medical Meal Modification form (found on the right-hand side). Form 19 B requires a signature of a licensed physician (MD or DO) OR a physician’s assistant (PA) or an advanced registered nurse practitioner (APRN) authorized by their responsible licensed physician before any modifications can be made. An example would be a food that causes anaphylactic shock and severe reactions that would cause life-altering reactions. The physician will give us guidelines on restrictions and substitutions to work with the planned menu and make the substitutions necessary. Another example is a gluten free diet. Grains are an important part of the meal pattern and to offer your child a “grain free” meal requires us to make a modification outside of the meal pattern and will require this form.
Once Form 19 B is filled out, and signed, return it to the school nurse. The food service manager or food service director will give you a call to go over the dietary restrictions and to discuss your child’s needs with your input. There are some instances that we need a week (5 days) to order the specialty food required. Working together is key to keeping your child safe and we may have to ask for further clarification.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complaintant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad3027.pdf from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
(2) fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.