All full-time students who eat lunch at school have the option of purchasing a lunch or bringing a bag lunch from home. Students have the option of purchasing a full lunch, which includes an entrée of the day (meat/meat alternative and grain), fruit or fruit juice, vegetable, and milk. A full lunch costs $3.50 for the 2022-2023 school year. A student must take at least three of the five components (at least one of these must be a fruit and/or vegetable). In addition, breakfast will be available at all locations before the start of the school day for all students. The full cost for breakfast is $2.25. For free and reduced lunch information tap or click the drop-down menu below.
Notification of low student balance accounts and negative balance accounts are sent to the parent via email at least once a week. A parent can view their students balance anytime through the Skokie School District website. A parent must set up an account at MyMealtime Online in order to view a student’s balance. Student food service accounts may be replenished by physically bringing a check/cash to the lunchroom or by paying with a credit card through MyMealtime Online or over the phone by calling 847-676-8317. Students with outstanding balances will not be denied lunch.
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Skokie School District 73.5 participates in the National School Lunch program and your child may qualify for Free or Reduced price meals. A paper copy of the Household Eligibility Application can be printed in English or Spanish or may be obtained from your child’s school office or the district office. Submit completed applications to the Skokie School District 73.5 Business Office located at 8000 East Prairie Road, Skokie IL in the back of Oliver McCracken Middle School.
A new application must be submitted each school year. If your child was approved for free or reduced lunch last year, you MUST REAPPLY or charges will be due for meals during the current school year.
If you have questions regarding the program, please review the frequently asked questions in the letter that accompanies the Household Eligibility Application. If you have additional questions, please contact the Business Office at 847-676-8317.
Your student(s) may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls below the limits on this chart.
The 2022-2023 school year lunch cost is $3.50 (reduced cost $.40) and the breakfast cost is $2.25 (reduced cost $.30). Students may purchase à la carte items such as crackers, fruit, and milk. Beginning in 5th-grade students may also purchase extra meals. The 2022-2023 School Lunch Pricing Information sheet provides more detailed information. À la carte items and extra meals are not free or reduced and prices are subject to change.
As a service to the families of Skokie School District 73.5 has partnered with My MealTime to offer a convenient solution to paying for student meals. The District accepts deposits for your child’s food service account through MealTime. Visit My MealTime Online to create a profile, make deposits, view account balances, set up low balance notifications, and view your child’s transaction details. Instructions to create a My Mealtime account are available in English and Spanish.
PAYMENT BY CASH OR CHECK
Parents and guardians can personally bring payment or send it with their child to school. Please make sure the payment is sent in a sealed envelope clearly marked with the child’s name, the homeroom teacher’s name, and Lunch Money. Checks can be made out to Skokie School District 73.5. Students can hand payments directly to cashiers in the lunch line as well.
Why am I receiving emails about my student’s account balance?
When a student’s balance approaches $0, a low balance notice is emailed to the parent. These emails are a convenience built into the MealTime system to help parents. Often a parent will not know how much money is still available on their student’s account, these emails are meant to help parents know when their student’s lunch accounts are low. These emails are not invoices, they are emails for your reference.
Where can I find information about what my student is purchasing?
Balance inquires and information about purchases can be accessed anytime through My MealTime. Instructions to create a MyMealtime account are available in English and Spanish. Once you have logged into your account and added your student(s) you can select View Reports and choose the Cafeteria Account Statement Report. You will be able to select your student and the date range you would like to view. Then you will click Generate Report. The link to view the report will appear below the reports section.
If you have problems using My MealTime or would like to speak with someone about your student’s account, you can contact the Skokie School District 73.5 Business Office by calling 847-676-8317.
What happens to the remaining funds at the end of the school year?
Any funds remaining a the end of the school year are rolled over into the student’s meal account for the upcoming year. For 8th grade students or students that are not returning to the district, parents/guardians may request that any leftover funds be transferred to a sibling or a refund.
Please note: No refunds will be given for amounts less than $5. The deadline to request a refund is June 30th for the prior school year only. Older account balances will not be refunded.
Requests for transfers or reimbursements can be sent to the Business Office at [email protected].