FOOD SERVICE UPDATE - July 15, 2021
Regulations require Districts participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to set prices for paid meals at a rate that is more equal with funds brought in from free and reduced-price meal reimbursements. This requirement is know as Paid Lunch Equity (PLE).
For the 2021-2022 school year, we will be operating the NSLP Seamless Summer Option (SSO), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued waivers for Districts operating SSO, which allows us to provide meals to all students at no cost. Therefore, all meals are free to every student again this year. However, students will be charged for any a la carte items taken, such as extra milk (not taken with a meal).
Even though all meals are free this year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has suggested school districts maintain PLE and publish pricing for the community to know where prices would stand if SSO were not available. Therefore, as was presented to and approved by the Board of Education on July 14, 2021, we have increased the price for a paid lunch from $3.05 to $3.15 for the 2021-2022 school year.
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P-EBT School Year 2020-2021 (updated July 20, 2021)
(No P-EBT update available for Summer 2021 or School Year 2021-2022)
Beginning in March 2021, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), in collaboration with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), issued P-EBT benefits to families with eligible children for the 2020-2021 school year. For CUSD 200, this included eligible K-8 students only, as WWSHS and WNHS were not part of the National School Lunch Program when the P-EBT program was rolled out. The decision to remove the high schools from the National School Lunch Program was made prior to the 2019-2020 school year, and before the pandemic. This allowed for better menu offerings and more food variety for District 200's high school students, and there has been no interruption to the process allowing for families of high school students to apply for free or reduced-price meals.
ELIGIBLE (K-8 ONLY):
- Directly certified or homeless during the 2019-2020 and/or 2020-2021 school year; OR
- Newly eligible for free or reduced-price meals during the 2020-2021 school year through an approved Household Eligibility Application form
- Grades 9-12
- K-8 students denied free or reduced-price meal eligibility after submitting a 2020-2021 Household Eligibility Application (regardless of 2019-2020 eligibility)
Eligible K-8 students were allocated $6.82, by the IDHS, per eligible day of attendance when a meal intended for in-school consumption was not provided by the District.
Please click the below link (available in English and Spanish) for the IDHS Notice of Eligibility, which provides general information on P-EBT benefit eligibility, issuance, and card activation.
Please click the below link to view the web page on P-EBT Frequently Asked questions.
For questions not answered here, or, for questions regarding the amount of P-EBT benefits you received or for assistance with card activation, visit dhs.illinois.gov/PEBT or call the P-EBT Helpline at 1-833- 621-0737.
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