What is Your Child Eating?
CPS School Lunch
- Teriyaki Chicken
- Rice Pilaf
- Dinner Roll
- Broccoli Cuts
- Tossed Salad from Salad Bar
- Gala Apple
- Skim Chocolate Milk
- Prepackaged Lunch/Lunchable
- Citrus Soda
- Spicy Cheese Puffs
Why buy a school lunch?
CPS lunches offer two servings of vegetables, one serving of fruit, and one serving of low-fat dairy. The average packed lunch does not offer all of this nutrition. It's also very cost effective. Check out the CPS lunch menus.
It's a healthy, inexpensive way to feed your children. Also, don’t forget to check out the CPS breakfast menu, which is offered FREE to all CPS Students.
Resources on packing lunches for your children
- What to pack
- How to encourage healthy eating
- Food safety tips for packed lunches
- Resources to learn more about healthy eating
Here is a nutrition comparison of a CPS school lunch versus a typical packed lunch. First calorie content is compared, then fiber and fat content.
|Sample Lunch from CPS||Sample Packed Lunch|
|Teriyaki Chicken||-||Prepackaged Pizza Lunch (no snack)||$1.89|
|Rice Pilaf||-||20 oz. Citrus soda||$1.59|
|Toss Salad from Salad Bar||-||Spicy cheese puffs||$1.09|
|Skim Chocolate Milk||-|
|Total Cost:||$1.75||Total Cost:||$4.57|
|Savings Per Day:||$2.72|
|Cost Per Month:||$37.00||Cost Per Month:||$91.40|
|Savings Per Month:||$54.40|
|Sample CPS Lunch||Sample Lunch From Home|
|Nutrient Content||Great source of fiber, calcium and low in salt, fat and saturated fat. Includes at least one serving of all food groups.||Double the amount of salt and eight times as much fat. Low in fiber and other nutrients, lacks food groups.|
|Food Group Content||2 ½ Fruit serving||0 Fruit Servings|
|Beverage||300 mg of calcium, 24g of sugar and no caffeine.||Contains 77g of sugar and 91 mg of caffeine.|
|Food Safety||Meal is prepared at school at lunch time, no potential health risks involving temperature||Prepackaged Lunch may reach undesirable temperature, putting it in the “Danger Zone” (below 140° F)|