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A Note About Hot Lunch Purchases

Reported by on 1/31/20

Indian Prairie School District #204 schools are participants in the United States Department of Agricultures (USDA's) National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and our food service contract is with a company called OrganicLife.

The required components of a "meal" to be offered include: fluid milk, grains, meat/meat alternates, fruits, and vegetables. Students are required to take 3 of the 5 components offered and one component must be a full serving of fruit or vegetable. The cost of the meal is dependent on the meal meeting these required components.

Cashiers are able to remind, but not enforce, students to take a fruit or vegetable. If a student doesn’t have the required meal components, cashiers will charge the student accordingly to maintain compliance with USDA program requirements.

For example, if a student only has a chicken sandwich and a milk, they have 3 components (grain, meat and milk) but one of them is not a fruit. If the student does not take the fruit, the student will be charged for an entrée ($3.50) and a milk ($0.60) for a total of $4.10 instead of the cost of the full reimbursable meal if they would have taken a fruit or vegetable.

Another example is if they only want a fruit and a milk, they would not be charged the full price for a reimbursable meal but instead $0.75 for the fruit and $0.60 for the milk totaling $1.35.

If you have any questions, please see additional information on Indian Prairie School District #204 Food Service Program here:

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