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Food Service

Carthage Elementary School District #317 will continue to meet the requirements of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which became effective July 1, 2014.

The major changes included more fruits and vegetables and whole grains offered on the menus.  

  • The fruit portion size for K-8 students will be ½ cup each day and for 9-12 grade students will be 1 cup per day. 
  • The vegetable portion size for K-8 students will be ¾ cup per day and for 9-12 grade students will be 1 cup per day.  
  •  Pastas and breads must be made from at least 50% whole grains.

Other changes to the schools’ meals include:

  • Appropriate serving sizes are defined by grade groupings:  K-5, 6-8 and 9-12. 
  • The choices of milk include fat-free or low-fat milk.  Flavored milk, such as chocolate must be fat-free.
  • There are calorie minimums and maximums for each grade grouping.  This allows for lunch to account for approximately 1/3 of the recommended calories for each grade grouping.
  • A variety of vegetables must be offered.  A variety of different colors and types of vegetables must be offered over a week:  dark green, red/orange, beans/peas/legumes, starchy and other.

We now offer online payments to lunch accounts!  Click Here to be taken to the ePay Website.  We hope you will find this new feature convenient and easy!


It is our goal to meet all of the standards, while at the same time, serving our students appealing and satisfying meals. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our food service program, please contact Food Service Director, Cynthia Smith, at 217-357-3922.


General Information Menus

Breakfast Prices
Students $1.60
Adults $1.60
Reduced Price $0.30
Extra Milk $0.30

Lunch Prices
Grades K-4 $2.35
Grades 5-8 $2.60
Adults $3.00
Reduced Price $0.40
Extra Milk $0.30

Click Here to Pay Lunch Account Online
(Please allow 1-3 business days for online payments to be posted to your student's lunch account)


Do you want to pay by the month, semester or year?‚Äč
Click Here for cost breakdowns!



May (primary school)

May (middle school)


Free & Reduced Meal Application

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Lunch Balance Reminder Calls

Each week, lunch balance calls will go out to any student with a negative lunch balance OR an active lunch account with a balance below $5.00.  

If a student owes more than $20.00 on their lunch account, they will need to bring their lunch until their account is paid in full.  If lunch is not brought from home, an alternate lunch will be served.

Breakfast is Served!

Breakfast is served daily at both schools, beginning at 7:40 AM at the Primary School and 7:50 AM at the Middle School.  All students are encouraged to come to the cafeteria for a nutritious start to their day!






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