Food and Nutrition Services
Welcome to the Department of Food and Nutrition Services
About Our Program
The Food and Nutrition Services Department of Township High School District 214 is an independently operated, non-profit $4 million dollar a year program. Over 120 part time Nutrition Services professionals take pride in preparing breakfast and lunch for over 12,000 students and staff daily. We believe that adequate nutrition contributes positively to students' learning ability, behavior and general well-being. Therefore, we are very committed to providing this service to the students in the district. We prepare food on site in all of our buildings.
The Food and Nutrition Services program is operated under the federally funded National School Lunch Act and Child Nutrition Act. The federal laws regulating the Nutrition Services programs are administered by the United States Department of Agriculture through the Illinois Department of Education. The required meal patterns are used in planning breakfast and lunch menus. Meals served provide over half of the nutrients needed every day by a grade 9-12 student. Breakfast provides one-quarter and lunch privides one-third.
Our Mission Statement:
To provide safe, nutritious, and appetizing meals at a fair price to promote and encourage the development of sound nutrition habits that will foster academic success
Provide quality meals in a positive atmosphere that encourages students to participate
Serve meals that incorporate a variety of foods that are appealing to students and which follow the dietary guidelines and meet the meal pattern requirements for lunch and breakfast established by the USDA.
Nutritional values of meals are evaluated over a period of a week rather than judged on a single meal or food item.
Student meals contain adequate calories and a variety of foods to support growth, development, and a healthy weight.
Purchasing practices ensure the use of high quality ingredients to maximize student acceptance
Safe Food Handling Practices
Section III of the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265) amended section 9(h) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act by requiring school food authorities to implement a food safety program for the preparation and service of school meals served to children in the school year beginning July 1, 2005. The program must be based on Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles and conform to guidance issued by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Our food services department is committed to providing safe, wholesome food to our customers. All of our central office staff, cafeteria managers, and General School Nutrition III employees who cook or prepare foods are required to have a current sanitation certificate through the state of Illinois Department of Public Health as a condition of employment. Many of our general employees, while not required, have also opted to receive this important training and have successfully completed the course of study and have taken the required refresher courses to keep their licenses current. We firmly believe this education to be of paramount importance in our operations.
All of our cafeterias are inspected a minimum of 2 times each school year by the health departments of the municipalities in which the schools are located. We are proud to say that our cafeterias continue to receive scores in the high 90's with some having 100% scores.
We offer a delicious breakfast at all District schools daily. A complete breakfast includes your choice of freshly baked hot breakfast sandwich, bagels, muffins, breakfast bars, Cereal kits, fruit, juice, yogurt and a weekly hot breakfast special. All breakfasts come with one half pint of cold, refreshing, low fat milk so......
Make Time for Breakfast!
This year, we need your help to make sure all of our students are fully prepared for academic success. We all know that hungry children have a more difficult time doing their best work. That’s why we encourage all students to energize their school day with a nutritious breakfast.
The School Breakfast Program is available to all students every weekday morning school is in session. You do not have to register your child in advance. Your child can eat breakfast at school every day or only occasionally. School breakfast makes good sense – every day, students are offered meals that include servings of fruit, whole grain-rich items, and low fat or fat free milk. These breakfasts are well balanced and follow standards backed by the best nutritional science available. Participation in the program also affords children a chance to enjoy a morning meal with their friends.
School Breakfast is an ideal solution on busy mornings when kids are running late or parents have to be at work early. Whatever the reason, if breakfast at home is not convenient, please have your child take advantage of breakfast here at school so that they may enjoy the numerous benefits of starting their day with a healthy meal.
Thank you for helping us to make sure that all of our students start the school day alert, well fed, and ready to learn.
Christine Frole, R.D., SNS
Director of Food and Nutrition Services
Township High School District 214
2121 S. Goebbert Rd
Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Updated February 4, 2014.
Online prepayment using a credit card is available!
Go to myLunchMoney.com to set up an account for your student.
Questions or comments should be directed to Christine Frole, Director of Food and Nutrition Services.