School Meal Bags Available
School meal bags are available for weekly curbside pickup at all District 214 schools – free of charge to all children ages 18 and under. Wednesday: 3:30 to 5:30 pm.
Dear District 214 Family,
We know the importance of providing healthy meals and the impact nutrition has on a student’s educational experience and their overall wellbeing. The D214 Food and Nutrition Services Department is pleased to announce that we are now able to offer meals free of charge, to all children ages 18 and under. This is made possible through a waiver sponsored by the USDA (effective through May 2021).
What this means for you
Meal bags will be available for drive thru pick-up for any children in need, every Wednesday, from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at all schools, Rain or Shine. Meal bags consist of seven complete breakfasts and seven complete lunches containing proteins, whole grains, fruit, vegetables, and milk.
Your bag may contain a mixture of refrigerated and frozen meals. Please store items in a refrigerator/freezer within one hour of pick-up. Instructions for storing and cooking meals are available below.
Children do not need to be present at the time of pick-up. You can pick up a meal bag at any District school and do not need an ID for pick-up. You may pick up food for all of your children (including anyone under age 18) at one site.
Online applications must be submitted and signed by an adult household member who has set up an authorized e-signature on file. We cannot approve applications submitted and signed by students. Thank you.
Please keep in mind that the annual Free/Reduced Meal Application will still need to be completed if you need assistance with other applicable program fees and for meals in January 2021 when the waiver expires. This application is available at any time online on the Infinite Campus Parent Portal link below.
If you would like to apply for Free or Reduced price benefits, please visit the Infinite Campus Parent Portal to apply online beginning in August. The form is located under the More/Meal Benefits Tab.
Food and Nutrition Services
The Food and Nutrition Services Department of Township High School District 214 is an independently operated, non-profit $4 million-dollar-a-year program. More than 85 part-time Nutrition Services professionals take pride in preparing breakfast and lunch for more than 12,000 students and staff members 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.
Our Mission Statement:
To provide safe, nutritious, and appetizing meals and snacks 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.
- Offer the variety of menu items and snacks that our students have come to expect.
- Serve meals that incorporate a variety of foods that are appealing to students.
- 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
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. All Nutrition employees complete safe food handling training annually. We firmly believe this education to be of paramount importance in our operations.
All of our cafeterias are inspected a minimum of twice 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.
District 214 Food and Nutrition Services Office
847-718-7638 or 847-718-7639
Pick Up Location Instructions
Buffalo Grove High School
Elk Grove High School
Forest View Educational Center
John Hersey High School
Prospect High School
Rolling Meadows High School
Wheeling High School