District 211 Summer Feeding Program Provides Nutritious Meals for Students, Community

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Food Service 1This summer the District 211 food service department implemented another successful summer feeding program to its students and the community. Meals were available to all students in the cafeteria during the duration of summer school with a variety of options available for breakfast and lunch daily. During the 2016 summer, an average of 2,700 meals were served daily in District 211.

The Seamless Summer Program, which is operated under the USDA’s National School Lunch Program, provided complimentary meals to Palatine and Schaumburg High School students. The program also offers community children 18 years and younger a free breakfast and lunch, regardless of what school they normally attend.

“This summer allowed the food service department to continue providing necessary food and nutrition to a large percentage of our students,” said Stacy Lenihan, director of Food Service at District 211.

Although Seamless Summer was not available at Fremd and Conant High Schools, students had the opportunity to receive a free breakfast before the start of the school day and have access to lunch options available at regular rates. Hoffman Estates High School did not operate a summer school program or offer meal service this summer.

This was Schaumburg High School’s first year and Palatine High School’s second year participating in the Seamless Summer program. Between both schools, 13,882 free breakfasts and 36,739 free lunches were served. District 211 saw an 11.6 percent increase in lunches served at the two schools compared to last summer when the program was implemented at Hoffman Estates High School.

A free lunch included the option of an entrée item, one cup of fruit, one cup of vegetables, and low fat milk. A free breakfast included the option of an entrée, a cup of fruit, and low fat milk. In addition to breakfast and lunch options, a la carte options and items in the vending machines were also available for purchase.

For more information about breakfast or lunch programs available in the district, please contact the District 211 Food Service Department at (847) 755-6681.