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NEW THIS YEAR: the meal application must be completed ONLINE at and will be available beginning July 23rd.


Effective July 2015, the Electronic Direct Certification System will NOT include matches with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) file that includes income eligible Medicaid children. Any household that qualified last year based on Medicaid must fill out an application for THIS school year.


Dear Parent/Guardian and Student,

 If you would like to apply for a fee waiver and/or free or reduced price meals at ETHS for the upcoming school year, you must complete the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application. Filling out this application is the only way to receive a reduction in your annual school fees. (Even if a student is in off-campus placement, apply for this program if you believe you qualify.) Applications must be submitted by August 14, 2015. A $30 late fee will be added to any student fee payment received after this deadline.


NEW THIS YEAR: the meal application must be completed ONLINE at and will be available beginning July 23rd. If you need computer access, computer stations are available in the ETHS Welcome Center (room E112). Summer hours are Monday-Thursday from 8:00am-4:30pm; closed Fridays through August 7th. For more information on Welcome Center resources or regular hours, visit the ETHS website or contact staff at 847-424-7008 or If assistance is needed after the August 14th deadline, please call the Nutrition Services Department.


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The ETHS Nutrition Services Department serves an average of 1,500 lunches and 300 breakfasts every day. The Program provides nutritious, economical meals for the students and staff at ETHS. Students and adults may choose from a variety of menu items. Each day at lunch, students may select one of up to 15 entrée items.


The required USDA meal patterns are used in planning breakfast and lunch menus. Meals served provide over half of the nutrients needed every day by a grade 9-12 student. Breakfast provides one-fourth, and lunch provides one-third.

Our Mission Statement

To provide a nutrition program that will maintain and improve the health of school children and the education community and encourage the development of sound nutrition habits that will foster academic success.

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Our Goals

The goals of the ETHS Nutrition Services Department are to:

  • Serve meals that incorporate a variety of foods that are appealing to children and which follow the dietary guidelines and meet the meal pattern requirements for lunch and breakfast established by the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • Ensure every child an opportunity to participate and receive the benefits of the school breakfast and lunch program regardless of race, creed, national origin, sex or income.
  • Prepare and serve meals in a clean, orderly, safe, and attractive environment. Increase student participation by promoting school breakfast and lunch through advertising and merchandising.
  • Encourage employees to work cooperatively with other school nutrition personnel, teachers, administrations, support staff members, board members, and parents to assure every child an opportunity to receive the benefits of the school nutrition program.
  • Encourage personal and professional growth of all school nutrition personnel by conducting personnel evaluations and offering staff development training.
  • Evaluate the entire program for needs and effectiveness through reviews, records and reports.

We are Going Green! Learn more about this by going here.

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The Edible Acre

File Manager -> edible_acre.jpgThe Edible Acre Pilot Project converted an empty lot across from the high school's main entrance into a 5,000 sq. ft. organic community garden. This food production project provides learning experiences, leadership opportunities and summer jobs for ETHS students, as well as fresh produce and health benefits for the larger community. To learn more click here.

The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.