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IPS FoodService provide students with nutritious meals they will enjoy at the lowest possible cost to families & taxpayers.

IPS participates in several USDA Child Nutrition Programs, including: National School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Child & Adult Care Food Program, Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program, and the After School Snack Program. In addition, IPS serves meals during school breaks.

Breakfast and lunch are served at no charge to all IPS students under the USDA’s Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). CEP pertains to meals and not other educational benefits.

Summer Meal Service: Beginning June 8

Prepackaged meals will only be distributed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

  • On Mondays, students will receive four prepackaged meals (breakfast and lunch) to cover two meals a day for two days.
  • On Wednesdays, students will receive six prepackaged meals (breakfast and lunch) to cover two meals a day for three days.

Meal service is open to all students age 18 and younger, including non-IPS students, on a first-come, first-served basis. In an effort to encourage social distancing, meals will be distributed drive-thru style in the parking lot from all locations.

Meal Location Sites From School Parking Lots

11 a.m. — 12 p.m.

  • Carl Wilde School 79 — 5002 W.34th St., 46224 (parking lot off of Auburn Road)
  • George Washington High School — 2215 W. Washington St., 46222
  • Eleanor Skillen School 34 — 1410 Wade St., 46203
  • Brookside School 54 — 3150 E. 10th St., 46201 (parking lot off of North Dearborn St.)
  • Arlington Woods School 99 — 5801 30th St., 46218
  • James Whitcomb Riley School 43 — 150 W. 40th St., 46208
  • Charles Warren Fairbanks School 105 — 8620 Montery Road, 46226

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

  • Northwest Middle School — 5525 W. 34th St., 46224
  • Matchbook Learning @ Wendell Phillips School 63 — 1163 Belmont Ave., 46222
  • Urban Act Academy @ Washington Irving 14 — 1250 E. Market St., 46202
  • Thomas Gregg Neighborhood School — 2302 E. Michigan St., 46201
  • George S. Buck School 94 — 2701 Devon Ave., 46219
  • Phalen Leadership Academy @ Francis Scott Key 103 — 3920 Baker Dr., 46235
  • Louis B. Russell Jr. School 48 — 3445 Central Ave., 46205

Meal location Sites From Apartment Complexes

The IPS Food Service team will no longer use the Bus Stop Café at these locations. Instead, prepackaged meals will be served from trucks.

  • Blackburn Terrace — 3091 Baltimore Ave., 46218, from 11–11:30 a.m.
  • Laurelwood Apartments — 3340 Teakwood Drive, 46227, from 12:30–1 p.m.

Additional FoodService Resources

USDA Programs

  • National School Breakfast Program
  • National School Lunch Program
  • Child & Adult Care Food Program
  • Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
  • After School Snack Program

Department Initiatives

  • Food Recovery Program
  • The Vegetable Bar
  • The Bus Stop Cafe
  • Local Food Sourcing

Informational References

Modified meals may be requested for students with food allergies, intolerance, or other medically-necessary dietary needs such as texture modifications related to swallowing or chewing difficulties.

In order to best serve our students with specialized dietary needs, an Annual Modified Meal Request Form must be completed each school year. The completed Annual Modified Meal Request form will not be carried over from year to year. The parent or guardian is required to submit a new form signed by the student’s physician or medical authority. Recognized medical authorities include physicians, physician assistants, or nurse practitioners. Completed forms should be faxed to 317.226.4677 and will be processed in the order in which they are received. Once processed, the IPS Foodservice Dietitian will contact the parent or guardian with the details of the student’s accommodations, as well as the date those accommodations will begin.

Modified meals cannot be provided to accommodate religious preferences, personal diet modifications or food dislikes; however, our menu variety allows students to select items that meet their dietary preferences. Parents or guardians are encouraged to plan ahead with their students using the IPS Foodservice menus. Additional questions can be directed to an IPS Foodservice Registered Dietitian by calling 317.226.4772.

Modified Meal Request Form and Instructions

The Board of School Commissioners of the Indianapolis Public Schools supports the health and well-being of the school corporation’s students by promoting nutrition and physical activity at all grade levels.

In accordance with federal law, it is the policy of the Board to provide students access to healthy foods and beverages; provide opportunities for developmentally appropriate physical activity; and require that all meals served by the school corporation meet or exceed the federal nutritional guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. A Coordinated School Health Advisory Council will be formed and maintained to oversee these activities.

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 at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

  1. mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2.  fax: (202) 690-7442; or
  3.  email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.