Food Services


BREAKFAST & LUNCH DURING HYBRID LEARNING: See this page for information about meals for hybrid learners. Students who attend in-person learning will receive a free bag of breakfasts and lunches twice a week.

CURBSIDE SCHEDULE CHANGE AS OF JAN. 20, 2021: Free meal pick-ups take place every Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at EPHS Door #4. This is a change from the previous pick-up time of 9 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday.

ONLINE SURVEY: Please take our curbside meal survey so we can better meet the needs of District 401 families during the time of COVID-19. Thank you for your responses!


Free Meal Pick-Ups for Remainder of School Year


Throughout the 2020-21 school year, Aramark and District 401 will provide free meals for everyone 18 and under.

Originally, free meal pick-ups were intended to last only through December 2020, but the curbside program has now been extended until the end of the school year. The final day of school for 2020-21 is June 9, 2021. The curbside program will continue through June 30, 2021.

Curbside pick-ups will consist of seven-day meal packs distributed every Wednesday.

As of Jan. 20, 2021, these pick-ups will take place at Elmwood Park High School from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Door #4 near the EPHS tennis courts.

No order form or student ID is required for free meal pick-up. As mentioned above, this will continue through the end of the school year.

Thanks for your continued support! To learn more about the curbside program, visit Aramark's SchoolDish website.


Free Meals for Hybrid Learners


Beginning Jan. 19, 2021, students who attend in-person instruction as part of the District's Step 3 or Step 4 hybrid learning plan will receive a free bag of breakfasts and lunches twice a week. 

Depending on the school they attend, these students will receive three-day meal packs on Mondays or Tuesdays and four-day meal packs on Wednesdays or Thursdays:

MONDAYS: John Mills & Elmwood students | Three-day meal packs
TUESDAYS: Elm & EPHS students | Three-day meal packs
► WEDNESDAYS: John Mills & Elmwood students | Four-day meal packs
► THURSDAYS: Elm & EPHS students | Four-day meal packs

While our service model is different to abide by COVID-19 safety precautions, we are still here to provide quality meals to our students and community.

All meals are prepped in a socially-distanced environment by our staff wearing masks, while we practice enhanced cleaning and sanitation, temperature checks and hand-washing.

For more information about meals for hybrid learners, please visit this page.


Food Service Home Delivery


We want everyone to have access to meals during this time. If circumstances prevent you from making it to the high school for food pick-ups, you may register for food delivery. To do so, please submit the following form:

Home Delivery Registration Form

The form is also available on the SchoolDish website under the "Curbside Ordering" tab.


Cost & Payment


This program is free throughout the 2020-21 school year for everyone 18 and under. No student ID is required.


Home Cooking Ideas & More


You might be wondering what you can do with some of the items that might be piling up as a last-resort snack. Hey, we get it! That’s why we have put together this sheet to give you some ideas on ways to reinvent your meals with our food items sent home weekly:

Aramark Home Cooking Ideas

To make the most out of your at-home meals, here are the how-tos of cooking our products in your own kitchens:

Aramark Home Cooking Instructions

We understand that some of these tools might not be available to you, so when possible we will provide alternative cooking methods.


USDA Guidelines


Finally, you might be wondering what exactly constitutes a meal under our curbside program. In a normal school year, District 401 operates under the National School Lunch Program. For our curbside service and home delivery, we are operating under the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) guidelines:

What Makes a Meal?

This program allows us to serve all members of the community who are under 18 years of age. SFSP does not require the student be enrolled in District 401.


Aramark Video on Free Meal Pick-Ups


NOTE: This video was made in September 2020, when free meal pick-ups were originally intended to last until the end of December 2020. The program has now been extended for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.