D211 Summer School Meals, Seamless Summer Program Information

This summer the District 211 food service department will be serving both breakfast and lunch during summer school.

As in previous years, breakfast, lunch, and a la carte options are available to all students attending summer school. A complimentary breakfast will be available to all students daily. Additionally, Hoffman Estates and Palatine High Schools qualify for the USDA’s Seamless Summer meal program, which allows these schools to offer a free breakfast and lunch to all students attending both high schools’ summer school programs, as well as any child under the age of 18 in the community.

“Our summer feeding programs allow us an additional opportunity to provide our students and children in the community access to nutritious meals,” said Stacy Lenihan, director of Food Service at District 211.

Both schools will have summer breakfast and lunch hours for the community posted on their website during summer school, which operates May 31 through July 18. Meals will be available to all students in the cafeteria during the duration of summer school. At Palatine High School, community breakfast will be served from 8:15 – 8:30 a.m., and lunch will be served from 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Hoffman Estates High School will serve breakfast from 7:15 – 7:30 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

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

Last summer, over 50,000 meals were served in the District. A free lunch includes 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 are also available for purchase.

For more information about the summer meal programs, please contact the District 211 Food Service Department at (847) 755-6680.




District 211 Celebrates 1 Million Meals Served This School Year

HEHS freshman Jett Dennis was surprised to be a part of the District’s food service department celebration of its 1-millionth meal served during this school year.

A lucky student helped High School District 211 reach an impressive milestone on May 18.

As he stood in the Hoffman Estates High School cafeteria food line, little did freshman student Jett Dennis know he would be a part of the District’s food service department celebrating its 1-millionth meal served during this school year.

“I was very surprised,” said Jett after the announcement during lunch. “It is nice how the school provides us with a good lunch that we can eat and enjoy every day.”

Jett went to purchase his lunch when the milestone celebration kicked off. The marching band played songs and food service staff and administrators presented him with a certificate and balloons. Students in the cafeteria during Jett’s lunch period also joined in the celebration by receiving free cookies and apple slices. As part of the celebration, the HEHS food service staff will prepare and serve a special meal for Jett and seven of his friends, which includes pizza and brownies, on Monday, May 22.

Director of Food Service at District 211 Stacy Lenihan (right) and Food Service Manager at Hoffman Estates High School Betty Youmans present Jett Dennis with a certificate and balloons.

The food service department has made it a priority to provide and serve delicious, well-balanced meals. District 211 increased total meals served during a single school year from approximately 800,000 to over 1,000,000 meals since 2011-2012. This is a 25 percent increase in complete meals served in the past five years.  Each school offers 12-15 different entrée choices daily, which can be built into a complete meal by adding fruit, vegetables, and milk. 

Many of the menu items offered are made from scratch by the District’s cooks and bakers, including soups, French bread, granola, biscuits, and main entrées.

“We are proud of achieving this milestone, as our programs have undergone significant changes due to the new USDA guidelines,” said Stacy Lenihan, District 211 director of food service. “This success can be attributed to the department’s focus on serving our customers appetizing and nutritious meal options.”

 

For more information about school meals, please visit the D211 Food Service website here.

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

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.