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Help Keep Students Fed and Ready to Learn!

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Merrillville Community School Corporation Department of Food Services is committed to providing healthy food access for all students. Our charging and courtesy meal policies are in place to ensure no student goes without a balanced meal, regardless of their account balance or payment status. This initiative allows members of the community to contribute funds to help end the shame of not having money to pay for a meal or worse, having a meal taken away.



Our Goal

Merrillville Community School Corporation Department of Food Services is committed to providing nutritious, appetizing meals that promote health, well-being and learning.  Equity and food access are important district values, and being able to provide fresh, healthy and nutritious meals to students all through our community is our focus.

How You Can Help

Merrillville Community School Corporation Department of Food Services serves more than 3,000 meals per day. As many as 50 meals per day are courtesy meals, which equates to a cost of over $22,050 each year. This campaign allows individuals to contribute funds to help cover these costs and help to eliminate the shame of not having money to purchase a meal.

How the Process Works

All students are permitted to charge up to $10 if they do not have funds in their meal account. In the event the student reaches this maximum charge limit, the donation fund will feed this hungry student so they are not shamed nor turned away. Parents will receive a phone call from the school each time a student is served a "courtesy meal."

We closely monitor all donations ensuring that 100% of the money is channeled to providing children with daily meals at school.




Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from

justice for all
discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling 866-632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or

2. fax: 833-256-1665 or 202-690-7442; or

3. email: