Michigan Center Schools Food Services Department School Year 2020-2021
Well here we are entering the 2020-2021 school year. As you may have predicted there will be many changes in relation to your child’s lunch choices, ordering options, paying options, etc. Each school will operate a bit different from the other, so play close attention to the school which your child attends.
Arnold is a CEP school which means that all students qualify to eat both free breakfast and lunch. No free/reduced applications due for the students in this building. What we will need completed and turned in is the Household Survey. This will be distributed the first day of school and we would like returned no later than Friday, September 11, 2020. This can just be returned to their classroom teacher.
Located on the Michigan Center Schools Website https://www.mccardinals.org will be the district breakfast menu. Due to some last minute changes with the USDA, all buildings will be sharing the same menu until further notice. More choices will become available as guidance changes. There will be breakfast delivered to the classrooms at Arnold just prior to their arrival. Students interested in eating are welcome to free of charge. All breakfast will include some or all of the following a fruit/juice, grain, milk, protein
Lunch will need to be pre-ordered by the parents by going to www.sendmoneytoschool.com. Here you will create an account. You will need your student’s ID number located on their Power School paperwork. You will then go to the tab labeled Your Children. To the right you are able to place orders for the children for up to 5 days. Once you choose a meal a green check mark will be placed next to the item chosen. Click done. The orders will then come to us. Please go here weekly to continue ordering for them throughout the school year. Your child’s meals will be delivered to them in their classrooms. Cut off for ordering will be 8:45a.m. for the current day. Students who pre-order meals but don’t take them will be charged $2.70 for their meals. Students who order their meals and take them will receive them for FREE every day. All meals will come packed with Fruit/Vegetable, Grain, Protein, and choice of milk. Full menus can be found on the school’s website.
There are NO microwaves available for packed lunches. Please keep that in mind if you choose to send your child to school with a lunch.
Keicher will be participating with breakfast in the classroom. Located on the Michigan Center Schools Website https://www.mccardinals.org will be the district breakfast menu. Due to some last minute changes with the USDA, all buildings will be sharing the same menu until further notice. More choices will become available as guidance changes. There will be breakfast delivered to the classrooms at Keicher just prior to their arrival. Students who take breakfast will be charged $1.90 for full pay or $.30 for reduced breakfasts. All breakfasts will come with grain, protein, Fruit/Veggie, and milk.
Lunch will take place in the cafeteria/and in the classrooms. Students will follow social distancing guidelines, and sanitary practices while waiting in line, and eating both in the classrooms and cafeterias. There will be NO microwaves available for students. Please consider this when packing your students a lunch. Pre-ordering meals for this school for lunch isn’t needed as students will make the choices coming through the line.
Menus for lunch can also be found on the school web page by going to https://www.mccardinals.org
No money will exchange hands in the lunch line. Students are asked to make a deposit in an envelope in their classroom labeled with their name or parents are welcome to make a deposit on line by going to www.sendmoneytoschool.com. Here you can create an account for your student to track their spending, and make deposits. Lunch prices are $2.70 full price $.40 Reduced.
Free/Reduced applications are available online by going to www.lunchapp.com
Applications must be submitted yearly for renewal.
Michigan Center Jr. /Sr. High
Michigan Center Jr./Sr. High will be participating with breakfast in the classroom. Located on the Michigan Center Schools Website https://www.mccardinals.org will be the district breakfast menu. Due to some last minute changes with the USDA, all buildings will be sharing the same menu until further notice. More choices will become available as guidance changes. There will be breakfast delivered to the classrooms at approx. 8:30a.m. Students who take breakfast will be charged $1.95 for full pay or $.30 for reduced breakfasts. All breakfasts will come with grain, protein, Fruit/Veggie, and milk.
Lunch will need to be pre-ordered by the parents/students by going to www.sendmoneytoschool.com. Here you will create an account. You will need your student’s ID number located on their Power School paperwork. You will then go to the tab labeled Your Children. To the right you are able to place orders for the children for up to 5 days. Once you choose a meal a green check mark will be placed next to the item chosen. Click done. The orders will then come to us. All meals must be ordered by 8:30a.m. for the current day. Please go here weekly to continue ordering meals for them throughout the school year. Your child’s meals will be delivered to them in their classrooms. Meals will be available for Career Center kids for both AM & PM.
All meals will include a main entrée, Fruit/Vegetable, Milk. Limited alacarte will be available at the time of delivery. The costs are $2.95 Full pay $.40 Reduced.
All meals ordered but not picked up will be charged to the account at the amount of $2.95.
Sub line options are available to order daily. This link is posted on the MC School’s web page. Customize your sandwich or salad here.
Meals can be ordered following the posted school menus on line for the school your student attends. Cost of meals will be charged to your student’s account based on their free/reduced/paid statuses. Pick up time for these meals will be Fridays from 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. in the circle drive at the Michigan Center HS. Orders need to be placed at www.sendmoneytoschool.com. Orders are due no later than 9:00a.m. on Thursday for Friday’s pick-up. Meals will be distributed for the following week’s 5 days.
Due to the holiday weekend approaching the schedule will be as follows:
Meals ordered by 9:00a.m. on Tuesday August 25, 2020 will be distributed on Wednesday August 26, 2020 from 3:00p-4:00p. This bag will include meals for Thursday August 27, 2020 and Friday, August 28, 2020. For meals ordered Thursday August 27th, 2020 meal pick up will then happen again Friday August 28, 2020 from 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m. for meals the week of August 31, 2020-September 3, 2020. Meals for the week of September 8, 2020-September 11, 2020 will be distributed on September 3, 2020 from 3:00p.m.-4:00p.m.
When we return Monday September 14, 2020 it will then follow a normal schedule.
For questions, please contact Becki @ 517-867-5711 or Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for your patience as we move through these challenging times.
Becki Nutt, FSD Michigan Center Schools
If there is a need for financial assistance with school meal programs, you can apply online at www.lunchapp.com. Once the application is reviewed, you will receive a letter indicating if the application was approved as free, approved as reduced price, or denied. Please be aware that any benefits will begin only after the food service representative has reviewed your application. Benefits cannot begin immediately as a determination of eligibility must be made. Any charges to the account before the application is approved will be your responsibility.
How to apply?
Use our secure online application
- Go to www.lunchapp.com
- Read the agreement and continue.
- Select Michigan Center School District
- Follow the instructions for completing the questions on the application
- Follow the instructions for submitting the application
Students who qualify for Meal Assistance must take Full or "Combo Meals"
(Single, Extra entrees or snack items are NOT covered)
** APPLICATIONS CAN BE SUBMITTED AT ANY TIME DURING THE YEAR**
IF you are NEW to the district and received Meal Assistance from your previous school you MUST fill out a NEW Application
- benefits do NOT transfer automatically !!!
Please make sure you provide current contact information in case we have a question.Did you know?
- Family finance is a very personal matter and your application will be handled with confidentiality and respect.
- Students receiving meal benefits are not identified in the service line. Our Meal Magic software protects the identity and privacy of students. All students use the same service line and the computer screen does not indicate which students are free or reduced-price.
- Free and Reduce-price meals are provided with federal tax dollars. The school district does not subsidize meals to students who qualify.
- Michigan Center Schools, Food and Nutrition Services processes all applications, and determines eligibility using federal income guidelines and following federal regulations.
Lunch and Breakfast Menus
When school is canceled due to inclement weather, the meal that was scheduled to be served on the inclement weather day will be served on the return day of school.
Example: Tuesday is an inclement weather day. Tuesday’s menu will be served on Wednesday, the return day.The Michigan Center Schools Food Services Department provides healthy meals and offerings that meet the USDA Healthier, Hunger-Free Act 2010. These offerings are expected to enhance a child's academic and physical performance and address childhood obesity issues.
The USDA School Meals Nutrition Standards require that a variety of low fat unflavored milk or fat free flavored milk be offered, all grains must be at least 51% whole grain-rich, and students must take at least 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable with breakfast and lunch. Meals also must meet calorie, fat, sodium and sugar guidelines.
In addition to meeting the USDA guidelines for even healthier meals and offerings for your children, starting in school year 2014-15, all foods sold at school during the school day meet nutrition standards. The Smart Snacks in School regulation applies to foods sold a la carte, in the school store, and vending machines.