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D202, Aramark offer free meals for all students in 2021-2022


District 202 and Aramark, its contracted food service provider, will provide free breakfast and lunch to all interested kindergarten through 12th grade students this school year.

The United States Department of Agriculture will pay for meals for all students for the upcoming school year, said Tony Arbogast, Assistant Superintendent of Business and Operations for District 202.

“Doing this  gives all students the opportunity to have a free breakfast and lunch at school every day,” he said.

District 202 students are scheduled to return to full-day, in-person learning on August 18, 2021.

All students will automatically receive a free breakfast and lunch each school day.

Parents or guardians do not need to sign up to get the meals, Arbogast said.

District 202 and Aramark began serving free meals in March 2020 when the pandemic forced schools to shutdown. The district has served 2,458,343 meals to District 202-area students 18 years old and younger since March 17, 2020.

“This is an indication that the program is needed for a myriad of reasons – financial, emotional, or scheduling as parents return to work,” Arbogast said.

The district won’t offer ala carte items when school starts to work out any logistical challenges and ensure all students have time to eat and to avoid long lines, Arbogast said.

The free student meals will not be individualized. Students will be given two choices at the elementary level and three choices at the middle and high school level. 

All students with allergies or dietary restrictions must review the menu and ingredients with parents and know what items they should or should not consume. CLICK HERE FOR THE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH MENUS.

Please call Drio Turcios at (815) 577-4052 or Tamara Castaneda at (815) 436-6270 for more information.

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