We are pleased to inform you that Prairie-Hills ESD 144 has implemented an option for School Year 2015-2016 that is available to students at all the schools within the district that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The option is known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).
Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled in the CEP school during the 2016-2017 School Year.
The District’s child nutrition program is governed by the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs. Meals served at Prairie-Hills School District meet the state and federal requirements based on the USDA dietary guidelines. We currently serve eight schools with twenty trained staff members serving 2,600 students. The majority of our employees are state certified food handlers who regard food safety as a priority.
In addition, to serving breakfast and lunch, we operate the Summer Food Program; this program provides breakfast and lunch to children in the community from the age of one to eighteen without charge.
Again, it is our goal to continue in our efforts to provide good nutritional meals to our students. The body needs a variety of nutrient rich foods to grow, and when good nutritional needs are met it is easier for our students to focus and learn. Well-nourished students have higher test scores, increased school attendance, improved concentration, and improved class room behavior. Proper nutrition in school age years can reinforce lifelong eating habits that contribute to a student’s overall well being.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) makes is possible for all school children in the United States to receive a nutritious lunch each school day. If you choose to fill out an application for free/reduced priced meals, please stop by the District office located at 3015 W. 163rd Street, Markham, IL.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) 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. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.
To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
(202) 690-7442; or
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