Food and Nutrition Services
Harlem Schools Qualify for Free Meals through the Community Eligibility Provision
We are excited to announce that all students in the Harlem School District will now be eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch meals through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), as authorized by the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. This provision allows our students to receive free meals starting this school year until the end of the 2025-2026 school year. Please see below for important details regarding the CEP program.
Do I still have to apply for fee assistance?
Yes. The CEP does not cover other fees associated with school, so it is important for families to continue to apply for fee assistance each school year.
What is considered a Free Meal?
The CEP does not cover ala carte items or individually purchased items such as milk. The school menus for this year will indicate which meal is covered by the CEP and is free to students.
Every meal will contain the students' choice of 5 meal components: milk, a whole grain, meat/meat alternative, fruits, and vegetables. In order for a student to receive the complimentary meal, the student must choose 3 out of the 5 components offered, and 1 of those items must be a fruit or vegetable. Anything outside of this will be charged as à la carte.
For more information, visit https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/community-eligibility-provision-resource-center.
To securely deposit money into your student(s) account with your debit or credit card (MasterCard/Visa), select the link below. There is a $1.00 handling fee. This website allows you to view payments and student account meal purchases.
Money remaining in the account from last school year will carry over to the current school year and school the student attends.
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 Complainant 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/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.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
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Food and Nutrition Services Department
8505 N. 2nd St.
Machesney Park, IL 61115
815-654-4500 ext. 1026
Director of Food and Nutrition Services