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Parents, what is your child eating?

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

Packed Lunch

  • 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

Nutrition Comparison

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.

Calorie Content Comparison Chart

Fiber and Fat Content Comparison Chart


Cost Comparison

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
Broccoli Cuts -    
Gala Apple -    
Dinner Roll -    
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    


Serving Comparison


Sample CPS Lunch Sample Lunch From Home
Cost $1.75 $4.57
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)

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