Our menus comply with the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (HHFKA), and also follow the U.S.Healthy School Challenge Award Gold Level menu planning. In 2010, Congress passed the HHFKA to ensure that all children in America have access to healthy, balanced meals, providing the nutrition they need to grow into healthy adults.
Schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs must meet standards in the following areas:
- More Fruits and Vegetables
- Whole Grains
- Calorie Limits
- Sodium Limits
- Limits on Unhealthy Fat
- Low-Fat and Fat-Free Milk
- Free Water
For more information, view the School Nutrition Association's Standards for School Meals.
All CPS sites has implemented Offer Versus Serve (OVS), which allows students to decline some of thefood offered in a reimbursable lunch or breakfast.
At breakfast, students are offered four components. Students must choose at least three of theseitems, and one must be a fruit or vegetable.
At lunch, students are offered five components. Students must choose at least three of these items,and one must be a fruit or vegetable.