Food Services


SPRING 2021 MEALS FOR IN-PERSON LEARNERS: See this page for information about breakfast and lunch for in-person learners from April 6 to June 9, 2021. Students who attend in-person learning will receive a free lunch at school daily. They will also receive free weekly meal bags to be taken home. The take-home bags will contain seven breakfasts for the week ahead as well as free lunches for the weekend.

CURBSIDE SCHEDULE: Beginning April 12, curbside pick-ups will no longer take place at Elmwood Park High School. Instead, they will be held every Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at both elementary schools, John Mills and Elmwood.

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

Beginning April 12, curbside pick-ups will no longer take place at EPHS. Instead, they will be held every Monday from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at both elementary schools, John Mills and Elmwood.

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 In-Person Learners


Beginning April 6, 2021, students who attend in-person instruction will receive a free lunch at school daily. This lunch will be for eating on site.

In-person learners will also receive free weekly breakfast/lunch bags to be taken home. The bags will contain seven breakfasts for the week ahead as well as free lunches for the weekend.

Depending on the school they attend, these students will receive their take-home bags on Thursdays or Fridays:

  • THURSDAY DISTRIBUTION — MIDDLE SCHOOL & HIGH SCHOOL
    Each Thursday, Elm and EPHS students will receive bags containing seven breakfasts to cover the next week and two lunches to cover the weekend.
  • FRIDAY DISTRIBUTION — ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 
    Each Friday, John Mills and Elmwood students will receive bags containing seven breakfasts to cover the next week and two lunches to cover the weekend.

All meals are free of charge through summer 2021. No registration is required.

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

All food items will be pre-wrapped for safety and convenience of service. There will be no open cold bars, hot food handling or a la carte.

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 in-person learners, please visit this page or see Aramark's Guide to Food Service for Spring 2021.


Food Service Home Delivery


Home delivery is no longer being offered.

For the remainder of the school year, District 401's free meal options will be curbside weekly pick-ups or in-person lunches during the school day, with the in-person lunches supplemented by weekly take-home breakfast and lunch packs.


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.