Ruth M. Mason

Director of Cafeterias
Ruth M. Mason, R.D., L.D., S.N.S.

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Free and Reduced Meal Application
Our district offers the Free and Reduced meal program for all those who would like to apply.


Breakfast Trays


The Waterloo School District offers both breakfast and lunch on every full school day.

Breakfast is offered on all 1/2 days.


Our District operates under the National School Lunch Program and offers healthy meals to all students.

WCUSD5 offers free and reduced priced meals for those who are eligible. If you would like your family considered for this meal benefit, follow the application link above - print and return completed applications to Ruth Mason - Director at Rogers Elementary School - 200 N Rogers Street - Waterloo, Illinois 62298. 

You may apply for the program at any time during the school year. Applications are always available at each school office or by contacting the Cafeteria Director. A new application must be completed and on file for each new school year.

This program includes one free breakfast and one free lunch each school day. Any items purchased individually (ex. Milk) will be charged at a la carte pricing.

Reduced price meals are $ .30 for breakfast and $ .40 for lunch at all schools.

Contact Mrs. Mason or any school cafeteria to have an application sent to you.
If your family received a letter stating your child(ren) are Directly Certified for Free meals through the State of Illinois, an application is not required.

Meal prices are set by the Board of Education and may have changed for the coming school year - please visit the student fees document HERE.

The Elementary School students have their choice of lowfat/skim milk with each meal.

Both the High School and the Jr. High School offer a fresh salad bar each day. These students are also offered low fat/skim milk and 100% fruit juice at each meal.


Each cafeteria operates on a debit system. Deposit any amount onto the students account and he/she has access to that money when entering their personal ID/PIN number at meal time.

  • Students may bring money to school with them in an envelope that includes their name, ID number, homeroom (if pertinent), date and amount. 

  • We suggest students turn this money in prior to lunch so that it may be deposited early and ready for their use during meal service.

  • One check may be written for multiple students - even if they attend different schools. Simply note on the envelope the amount each student should receive. 


Parents may pay for school meals online. Access this option through the district website and choose the parent tab. Then choose Skyward/Family Access and the Food Service tab. Once you have set up an account and password, you will be able to monitor your child/childrens account, set up email notifications and monitor their accounts online. This is our vehicle to communicate account information with our parents. 


An email will be generated when your child's account reaches a + $5.00 or below; giving parents enough time to add money to their student's accounts.

You may turn these notices on and off thru your Family Access account.

Employment Opportunities
We are always looking for substitute cafeteria workers. Non Certified Applications are available in the Unit Office: 302 Bellefontaine Drive - Waterloo, Illinois 62298. For more information contact: Ruth Mason, Director of Cafeterias - 618-939-3454.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Civil Rights Information

USDA Non Discrimination Statement 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, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for proper 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: 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: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.