Food Service

Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! Please see below for important information regarding free meals for students, National School Lunch Program applications, and the new "MyMealtime" application.

Free Meals Available for All Students in 2021-22

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved key waivers that allow school districts to continue serving free meals to all children. This means that all District 97 students are eligible to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge for the entire 2021-22 school year.

NOTE: Families DO NOT need to complete the Free/Reduced Meal Application in order for their students to receive free meals. However, families seeking to qualify for school fee waivers or other state programs MUST complete the application (see below).

UPDATED: 2021-22 Breakfast and Lunch Menus

There will be two lunch options for students during the 2021-22 school year:

Free/Reduced Meal Application

During the 2021-22 school year, all students will qualify for free breakfast and lunch, regardless of their Free/Reduced Meal status. However, in order to be considered for a school fee waiver and other state programs, families must submit the 2021-22 Free and Reduced Meal Application and be approved. Last year, families who completed the Free and Reduced Meal Application and were approved qualified to take part in the P-EBT program that was offered by the state.

We encourage all families who currently qualify to take a few minutes to complete the National School Lunch application as soon as possible. There are several options for completing and submitting your application (see below).

2021-22 Free and Reduced Meal Application

*NEW* Submit Your Application Online

Filling out and submitting a Free and Reduced Meal Application is a quick and easy two-step process when you use Mealtime Apply Online!

Step 1: Create a profile (you will need your student ID#).

  • Visit
  • If you already have a Mealtime account, you can access the application from there—just log in. 

Step 2:  Start your application.

  • Click the "New Application" button.
  • From the Mealtime account, click the orange banner or box.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to set up a Mealtime account and complete the application.

Paper/PDF Applications

For those parents who do not have access to a computer, or those who prefer not to use the online system, paper applications (available in English and Spanish) are available to download from the district website or your student’s school website. You can also ask for one at any of the school offices or at the district office. Only one application per household, per school district is needed. Completed applications can be dropped off at your student’s school or the district office (260 Madison St.), or emailed to the district's food service coordinator, Carla Ellis, at [email protected]. You can also fax the application to 708-524-3019.


If you have any questions, please reach out to the district's food service coordinator, Carla Ellis, at [email protected].