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Lunch Program

Catherine Cook School has partnered with HandCut Foods to provide our students and staff healthy hot lunch options.

HandCut cooks from scratch with whole ingredients sourced locally whenever possible, creating custom programs to meet the needs of our school. They craft menus that balance student-friendly options and healthy choices, bringing fresh flavors that have wide appeal to the Catherine Cook community.

Each day, students will find a standard and vegetarian entree option, fresh salad bar, and soup of the day, as well as a selection of sandwiches made with whole grain bread. All lunches include housemade agua fresca, milk, and water service. HandCut Foods is dedicated to delivering the freshest, highest quality product tailored to the needs of our educational community.

Please Note: Preschool and Junior Kindergarten students eat lunch in their classrooms. HandCut will deliver lunch to each student in Preschool and Junior Kindergarten who has been signed up for the Lunch Program.

If you have any questions, please contact the Business Office at ext. 2142.

If a child possesses a serious risk of allergic reaction through ingestion of any known allergen, parents and guardians must notify the school nurse at nurse@ccookschool.org.

Also, to prevent possible allergic reactions, food items may not be shared with other students. Please check with your child’s teacher before bringing any food items to share with the class.


Lunch Program FAQ

How much does lunch cost?

Lunch costs $1,275 for the whole year. This includes the entrée of the day, appropriate sides, salad bar, and milk.

How do I sign-up?

Complete the form at catherinecookschool.org/hotlunch.

What if I choose to bring lunch from home?

For those who bring lunch from home, containers should be clearly marked with the student’s name. We do not provide accommodations for items that need to be heated or refrigerated. Milk is available to all students for their meals. Students also may bring non-refrigerated juices. Carbonated drinks are prohibited. The school cannot assume responsibility for food items brought from home.

For how long must I sign up?

The lunch program covers the entire school year.

What if my child misses a day or two?

There are no refunds or carryovers.

Who should I contact with additional questions?

Please contact the Business Office at (312) 266-3381 ext. 2142.

What is on the menu this month?

Please click here to view the September lunch menu.

When is lunch time?

To determine when your child is scheduled for lunch, check with his/her homeroom teacher or Middle School advisor.

What if my child forgets his/her lunch?

A student may purchase a school provided lunch for $8. Parents are required to email ccookschool@handcutfoods.com by 10:00 a.m. to alert the School that their child will be purchasing lunch that day. Upon reaching four forgotten lunches in a month, you will be billed for a full month at $8 per day.

A parent or guardian may also bring a lunch to the Main Office by 10:00 a.m. that can be picked up by the teacher and/or child.

May we eat lunch with our children?

No. If interested in helping with lunches, contact the Parent Association to volunteer.

What can I bring for my child’s lunch?

We ask that families refrain from bringing fast food to their children for lunch. Carbonated drinks are prohibited. Please refer to the Health and Wellness page for more detailed information, including a restricted food list found here.