At CICS Bucktown, we are committed to our students’ health and wellness. Research shows that healthy students are better able to pay attention in class and better positioned to succeed in school and in life. (Check out this study from the CDC.)
The goals of our food program are to:
Support the academic success and achievement of our students
Provide nutritious meals at no charge which allow students to maintain focus
Provide healthy and fresh food offerings along with education on making healthy choices
Expose our students to new culinary experiences while still offering “kid favorites”
Student Meals at No Charge
ALL CICS students are provided healthy, nutritious meals at no charge including breakfast (if they arrive on time), lunch, and after school supper when they are enrolled in an afterschool program. At the start of each month, lunch menus will be available at the main office and online at cics.schooldish.com. The School Dish site also includes valuable nutrition and ingredient information on each menu item, as well as a convenient printable menu.
Click Here to view CICS Bucktown menus
NOTE: A student may also choose to bring in his/her own meals; however, all foods must adhere to the CICS Wellness Policy. Students are not permitted to bring in foods that are unhealthy or high in sugar including candy, soda, energy drinks, donuts, cupcakes, chips, Cheetos, candy bars, etc. Additionally, students are not permitted to bring food that requires any preparation, such as heating.
Smart Snack Requirements throughout the Day
AT CICS, we are committed to health and wellness, not just at meal times, but throughout the day. Children need healthy snacks for energy, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, to help them grow, learn and be active.
ALL treats sent from home for celebrations (e.g., birthdays), snack times, etc. or provided by schools staff for class rewards, incentives, etc. MUST meet the USDA Smart Snack requirements or feature non-food items. USDA Smart Snacks do not include cupcakes, ice cream, fast food, outside pizza, Flaming Hot Cheetos, etc.
Click here for a list of Smart Snack and non-food ideas. As a guideline, allowable snacks meet the following nutritional requirements per serving:
150 calories or less
35% of total calories from fat or less
10% of total calories from saturated fat or less
30g of sugars or less
230 mg of sodium or less per serving
Please note that the school has a no gum policy. Students are not permitted to bring or chew gum at any time while they are on the premises.
If your student has any food allergies or needs a meal accommodation, families are required to notify the school nurse and provide documentation from a doctor. Click here to download and print the required Meal Accommodation/Doctor Documentation Form. Return completed forms to the school. Meal Accommodation forms must be renewed annually.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online here, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.