CUSD #10 contracts its food service program with Sodexo USA, the leading provider of nutrition services to K-12 public schools in the United States.
In addition to meal planning, storage, preparation and delivery of meals to the district’s schools, Sodexo also facilitates the processing of free and reduced meal applications for eligible students.
Sodexo Office – Collinsville High School
2201 South Morrison
Collinsville, IL 62234
618-346-6320, ext. 1148
Meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year, approved by the Board of Education on July 18, 2022 are listed below:
|Breakfast – Student||$1.30||$1.40||$1.40|
|Breakfast – Adult||$1.60||$1.60||$1.60|
|Lunch – Student||$2.95||$3.05||$3.05|
|Lunch – Adult||$4.00||$4.00||$4.00|
Food Service Payment System*
All students have a food service debit account as part of their individual Skyward account. Students use their six-digit identification number as a PIN (Personal Identification Number) to access their account in the cafeteria.
To prevent fraudulent use of student accounts, student photos are loaded into the system. These digital images appear on the monitor for the cashier to view every time a child accesses his or her account, therefore ensuring that no other student can use another child’s account.
Money is deducted when the student uses the account to purchase meals and/or a la carte items (CMS and CHS). The system knows the meal status of each student (full-pay, free, or reduced) and will deduct the correct amount from the account. There is no limit on the amount of money that can be deposited into a debit account for full-pay and reduced lunch students. When account balances fall below $5, the cashier will remind the student that additional money should be deposited or brought to school to continue purchasing meals. Parents using Skyward to deposit meal money can receive a notification when the balance is low.
*See information below regarding Community Eligibility Provision Schools.
Free and Reduced Meals
The Collinsville district participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) to allow eligible families the opportunity to apply for free or reduced breakfast and lunch.
A student may qualify for free or reduced meals either through direct state certification OR by parent/guardian completion of a household eligibility application.
- Direct State Certification – Households eligible for food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) receive a child-specific letter in July of each year from the Illinois Department of Human Services. This letter is to be returned to the school the child attends in order for the child to receive free meal benefits. If this “direct certification” letter is submitted to the school, the parent/guardian DOES NOT need to complete the Household Eligibility Application (see below).
- Household Eligibility Application – Households that do not meet the criteria for direct certification may apply for free or reduced meals by completing the Household Eligibility Application (“HEA” form in Related Documents section of this page) . Completed applications should be sent to the school office or the Sodexo Food Service office (2201 South Morrison, Collinsville, IL 62234). The Sodexo office staff will process the application and notify the parent/guardian of the meal status decision (free, reduced or denied). Students cannot receive free or reduced meals until the parent or guardian has submitted an application.
The parent/guardian must reapply for free or reduced meals annually. Students receiving free or reduced meals at the end of a school year will be given 30 days at the beginning of the next school year to submit a new application. If an application is not received by the end of the 30-day period at the beginning of the school year, a student’s status will automatically change from free or reduced to denied.
Please note: If your child has been approved for free or reduced meals, their food service account will automatically prepay their hot lunch. Snacks and a la carte items (applies to CMS and CHS only) are not included and will need to be paid for by you.
Payments on Meal Accounts and Point-of-Sale Debit System
Families may pay for meals three ways: pay cash daily for meals OR give cash/check to the cafeteria cashier to load money into meal account to prepay OR load money electronically through Skyward Family Access under the Food Service section.
The school cafeteria payment system has the ability to act as a cash register; it can accept cash payments on a daily basis or receive advance payments on the student’s meal debit account. Many families choose the convenience of pre-loading money electronically using Skyward Family Access. Money is deducted from the student’s balance each time they use the account to purchase meals or a la carte (CMS and CHS only) items.
Skyward Food Service: This option provides students with an easy way to pay for meals. The benefits to students and parents with this system are:
- Parents may deposit money into the student’s account eliminating the need to send cash on a daily basis.
- Student lunch lines move faster.
- Students are not inconvenienced with cash or checks to purchase lunch.
- Student lunch status is confidential.
- Parents may restrict snack bar purchases.
- Parents are able to view every purchase made daily through the Skyward system.
- Students are notified at the cash register when their account is low.
Here are instructions for utilizing Skyward Food Service payment method:
Cash/Check Payment: Parents may also write a check or send cash for any amount to deposit into their child’s lunch account. The money will be applied to all purchases in the cafeteria. Cash and checks are given to the cafeteria cashier.
Please note: Amounts remaining in the accounts of returning students at the end of the previous school year will be rolled into their account for the following school year. Students exiting the district will be issued a refund of the remaining food service account balance.
*Community Eligibility Provision Schools
Some schools use a program called the “Community Eligibility Provision” (CEP) that helps them serve meals free. Schools with a high poverty designation can qualify for the CEP. In CUSD 10, the schools that qualify for everyone to receive free meals for the 2022-23 school year are Caseyville, Kreitner, Webster and Twin Echo. Families with children in these schools DO NOT pay for meals as long as their child attends that school. Siblings and children who attend other schools WILL pay for meals unless the family qualifies for free or reduced-price meals.
Families who qualify for free or reduced meals and have students in CEP schools, MUST still complete proof of eligibility to have school fees waived by the district.
If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Food Service Office through the CHS Main Office number at 346-6320, ext. 1148.