Meal Program

Unit #40 Food Service offers breakfast and lunch in each of our school cafeterias. The regular price for breakfast in kindergarten through 8th grade buildings is $2.60 and lunch is $3.10. The regular price for a Type A breakfast at Effingham High School for students and adults is $2.70. A Type A lunch is $3.35 for students and $3.60 for adults. We offer many a la carte items at EHS, which are priced individually.

Free & Reduced Lunch Program

National School Lunch Program & Breakfast Program

Kindergarten through 8th grade buildings participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the National School Breakfast Program (SBP). Students who qualify in these buildings may participate in the Free or Reduced Lunch Program. A reduced price breakfast is $0.30 and a reduced price lunch is $0.40. Applications for this program are available here-
Free and Reduced Lunch Application English
Free and Reduced Lunch Application Spanish

Illinois Free Program
Effingham High School participates in the Illinois Free Program. Students at EHS who qualify may receive free breakfast and lunch. Applications for this program are available online or may be picked up at the Hearts Rock Café.

Lunch Debit System

The food service department uses a debit system to administer student lunch accounts in all buildings. We ask that parents maintain a balance in their child's account that will cover all food and beverage purchases. You may check your child's account balance by calling the school office.

  Meal Accommodations

The elementary and Jr. High schools participate in a federally-funded Child Nutrition Program and any meals, milk, and snacks served must meet program requirements.  Reasonable meal accommodations must be made when the accommodation requested is due to a disability and supported by a physician's statement.  Reasonable meal accommodations may be made for children without disabilities who may still have special dietary needs; a medical statement may be required.  For more information regarding this please contact Ryan Elsasser, Unit #40 Food Service Director, at 217-540-1527 or by email- [email protected]


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Meal Pricing:

Kindergarten - 8th grade: $2.60
High School Type A: $2.70
High School Ala Carte available 
Adults - $2.70

Kindergarten - 8th grade: $3.10
High School Type A: $3.35
High School Ala Carte available 
Adults - $3.60

Effingham Unit #40 offers MySchoolBucks, a convenient online service that allows you to pay for your student's meals online using your credit/debit card or electronic check. You can:
  • Set up automatic recurring payments
  • Track & review meal history
  • Create low balance alerts
  • Make payments with the mobile app
  • And more!

Sign up now!  For more information and to register for your FREE account, click here to create a secure account and never worry about sending cash or checks with your student(s) to school again!

Unit #40 Wellness Policy

Unit 40 welcomes feedback regarding our Local Wellness Policy. Please feel free to send an email to [email protected] suggestions or comments.