Information about D97 Meal Distributions and Applications for Free/Reduced Meals

We know that a common experience for many families during this health crisis is the loss of jobs and income. This change in income may qualify your children for free or reduced-price meals. Although this is not a requirement to receive meals from the district every week during our school closure, families who currently participate in the National School Lunch Program will also be eligible to receive additional funds for food through the state’s Pandemic EBT.

We encourage all families who currently qualify to take a few minutes to complete the National School Lunch application as soon as possible.

There are four options for completing and submitting your application:

  1. Fill in the PDF application electronically and save it as a document on your computer. Email it as an attachment to the district’s food service cooridnator, Carla Ellis, at cellis@op97.org.
  2. Print the PDF and fill it out by hand. Take a picture of the completed application and email it as an attachment to cellis@op97.org.
  3. Print the PDF and fill it out by hand. Send the completed application via regular mail to:
    Carla Ellis
    Oak Park School District 97
    260 Madison St.
    Oak Park, IL 60302
  4. Print the PDF and fill it out by hand. Fax the completed application to 708-524-3019.

Applications will also be available each week at our meal pick-up sites.

Weekly Meal Distribution

Through the duration of our school closure, we will hold a weekly meal distribution for all District 97 students in need. Participation in the National School Lunch Program is not required.

  • When: Mondays, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Longfellow Elementary School (for Julian and feeder schools), 715 S. Highland Ave., and Brooks Middle School (for Brooks and feeder schools), 325 S. Kenilworth Ave.
  • What: Meals are available to any District 97 family in need. Each student will receive breakfast and lunch items for five days.

If you have any questions, please email Carla Ellis at cellis@op97.org.

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