Food Service Programs Provided
Matteson School District 162 Schools, serve a balanced and nutritious breakfast and lunch that meet all USDA nutritional requirements. Students who choose to attend school in-person will be given the option of a free "Grab and Go" breakfast that can be eaten in their classroom in the morning after coming to school. In addition, lunch will be available for consumption in each child's classroom while socially distanced. Meals are free for all students under the USDA's Summer Seamless Program which has been extended until December 31, 2020 due to the pandemic.
Once the Summer Seamless Program has ended, the district will return to the normal food service program which provides breakfast at a cost of $1.95 and a hot lunch for a cost of $3.10 each day.
Free and Reduced Lunch Applications are available in over 100 languages that can be found at Illinois State Board of Education website www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/translated-applications. Once the Summer Seamless Program option is terminated for the year by the USDA, students will have to submit free and reduced lunch applications and be approved in order to receive meals free or at a reduced price. Matteson School District 162 provides the application in English and Spanish on this website Free and Reduced Application.
All applications expire each year. The new 20-21 Free and Reduced Lunch Form will be available on-line and at the District Office after July 15, 2020
Monthly menus are available online at www.preferredmealsmenu.com. Also provided are Nutritional and Allergen information for each component of the meal for each month.
Steps for Handling a Food Service Civil Rights Complaint
If a parent or guardian calls or comes to any of the school offices with a civil rights complaint, the Director of Food Services has all the necessary Civil Rights complaint forms provided by the USDA. The Administrator in charge will contact the parent and gather all needed information from the parent or guardian and will determine what the next step will be. If a formal complaint needs to be made to the USDA, the Administrator in Charge of that case will be available help the parent or guardian fill out the Civil Rights Complaint form and submit them to the USDA. USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
Civil Rights training is provided to all food service staff and information regarding compliance can be found on this website.
During Summer School all students who attend summer school in Matteson School District 162 and Southland College Prep Charter High School will be provided a nutritious breakfast that meets the USDA and National School Program requirements. In addition, the community is invited to have breakfast at each Summer School Site. This nutritious breakfast is provided to all children from 18 years of age and younger, free of charge.