Lunch Program

Both lunch and milk are available with no pre-pay in all schools on student attendace days.
Please see the communication below.
Plant-based lunch options are avaiable upon request, please contact [email protected]
Dear District 96 Families, 

We are excited to begin providing lunch options in all our schools starting this fall. Students are welcome to bring a packed lunch from home or purchase a school lunch with a milk included. Students also have the opportunity to purchase an ala carte milk to drink with their lunch from home. Any students receiving a milk will have an option of white or chocolate milk. You can access the lunch menu by clicking on the links displayed on the right .

Each day before lunch, elementary teachers will give students a scannable badge to give the lunchroom staff when they purchase a lunch or ala carte milk. These badges will not go home with students. Hauser Jr, High students will continue to enter their ID numbers, found on their schedules, to purchase their lunch or ala carte milk.

Students can purchase a school lunch or ala carte milk even if there are no funds available in the wallet. Lunch and ala carte milk requests will be charged at the time of purchase against the wallet balance in the student’s PushCoin account, and families will be automatically notified by email when a purchase is made. While it is helpful to preload your child’s PushCoin wallet, it is not a requirement.
Please note that all students who request a lunch or an ala carte milk will receive it and their PushCoin wallet will be charged. Please ensure your child knows whether they should order a lunch, milk, or eat the lunch they brought from home for the day.        
To learn more about PushCoin please click here. To add funds to your child’s PushCoin wallet, please login in to PushCoin at https://www.pushcoin.com/.
If you feel your student may qualify for free or reduced priced meals, please complete the 2023-34 Application for Free/Reduced Lunch, which is accessible here. If you have questions regarding the application, please contact [email protected] or call Nancy Schuenemann at 708-447-5007.
Please email [email protected] with any lunch-related questions.

2023-2024 School Year Lunch Prices*

Milk only

     Milk – $.40 per carton (choice of 1% white or fat free chocolate)


     Student Paid Rate: $3.85 per lunch (based on USDA reimbursable rates)

     Student Reduced Rate: $0.40 per lunch (based on USDA reimbursable rates)

     Staff Lunch: $4.50 per lunch

*Student lunch rates are based on the USDA reimbursable rates

Riverside District 96 School Meals Meet New Nutrition Standards

As students return to school this fall, they’ll find healthy choices in their school cafeteria.
Our Cafeteria will be providing school meals that meet new federal nutrition standards, ensuring that meals are healthy, well balanced and provide students all the nutrition they need to succeed at school.
School meals offer students milk, fruits and vegetables, proteins and grains, and they must meet strict limits for saturated fat and portion size. School lunches meet additional standards requiring:
    • Age-appropriate calorie limits
    • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits (students must take at least one serving of produce)
    • A wider variety of vegetables, including dark green and red/orange vegetables and legumes
    • Fat-free or 1% milk (flavored milk must be fat-free)
    • More whole grains
    • And less sodium

We are always working to offer our students healthier and tastier choices.