Michigan Center Schools Food Services Department
The way you access your student’s school menus is by using the above Nutrislice interactive website. In addition, you may download a free app for a smartphone or mobile device to view things when you’re on the go. The website and app allow you to see menu item descriptions and photographs, filter common food allergens, translate the menus into another language, view carb counts and calories, and much more.
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.
Below are links to the School Meal Nutrition Standards, Smart Snacks in Schools and regulations and the food calculator we use to make sure food and beverage items meet the Nutrition Guidelines.
If there is a need for financial assistance with school meal programs, you can apply online at www.lunchapp.com. When using this site, you will no longer need to send in the paper application. 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
Complete a paper application (scroll down for applications and instructions)
- Paper applications are available in all school offices or click the link below to download a copy.
- Instructions for completing the application.
- Return the applications to school in a sealed envelope to the attention of:
Director of Food & Nutrition Services
400 S. State St.
Michigan Center, MI 49254
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 !!!
Applications must be filled out "Completely".
Please read it carefully and fill in ALL information as asked for.
There are 4 steps/sections - if applicable all sections must be completed.
DO NOT USE PENCIL !
Applications will not be processed until the form is complete. 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.
FOOD SERVICES POLICY #8500
The Board of Education shall provide cafeteria facilities in all school facilities where space and facilities permit, and will provide food service for the purchase and consumption of lunch for all students.
The Board shall also provide a breakfast program in accordance with procedures established by the Department of Education.
The Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation or transgender identity), disability, age (except as authorized by law), religion, military status, ancestry, or genetic information (collectively, "Protected Classes") in its educational programs or activities. Students and all other members of the School District community and third parties are encouraged to promptly report incidents of unlawful discrimination and/or retaliation to a teacher, administrator, supervisor, or other District official so that the Board may address the conduct. See Policy 2260 – Nondiscrimination and Access to Equal Educational Opportunity.
The food-service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, delivery, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages, including but not limited to the current USDA's school meal pattern requirements for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, as well as to the fiscal management of the program. In addition, as required by law, a food safety program based on the principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system shall be implemented with the intent of preventing food-borne illnesses. For added safety and security, access to the facility and the food stored and prepared therein shall be limited to food service staff and other authorized persons.
Substitutions to the standard meal requirements shall be made, at no additional charge, for students for whom a healthcare provider who has prescriptive authority in the State of Michigan has provided medical certification that the student has a disability which restricts his/her diet, in accordance with the criteria set forth in 7 C.F.R. 15(b). To qualify for such substitutions the medical certification must identify:
the student's disability and the major life activity affected by the disability;
an explanation of why the disability affects the students diet; and
the food(s) to be omitted from the student's diet, and the food or choice of foods that must be substituted (e.g., caloric modifications or use of liquid nutritive formula).
On a case by case basis, substitutions to the standard meal requirements may be made, at no additional charge, for students who are not "disabled persons", but have a signed statement from a qualified medical authority that the student cannot consume certain food items due to medical or other special dietary needs. To qualify for such consideration and substitutions the medical statement must indentify:
the medical or dietary need that restricts the student's diet; and
the food(s) to be omitted from the student's diet and the food(s) or choice of foods that may be substituted.
For non-disabled students who need a nutritional equivalent milk substitute, only a signed request by a parent or guardian is required.
Lunches sold by the school may be purchased by students and staff members and community residents in accordance with the administrative guidelines established by the Superintendent.
The operation and supervision of the food-service program shall be the responsibility of the Food Service Director. Food services shall be operated on a self-supporting basis with revenue from students, staff, Federal reimbursement, and surplus food. The Board shall assist the program by furnishing available space, initial major equipment, and utensils. Maintenance and replacement of equipment is the responsibility of the program.
A periodic review of the food-service accounts shall be made by the Food Service Director. Any surplus funds from the National School Lunch Program shall be used to reduce the cost of the service to students or to purchase cafeteria equipment. Surplus funds from a-la-carte foods purchased using funds from the nonprofit food service account must accrue to the nonprofit food service account.
Bad debt incurred through the inability to collect lunch payment from students is not an allowable cost chargeable to any Federal program. Any related collection costs, including legal cost, arising from such bad debts after they have been determined to be uncollectable are also unallowable.
Bad debt is uncollectable/delinquent debt that has been determined to be uncollectable by the end of the school year in which the debt was incurred. If the uncollectable/delinquent debt cannot be recovered by the School Meals Program in the year when the debt was incurred, then this is classified as bad debt. Once classified as bad debt, non-Federal funding sources must reimburse the NSFSA for the total amount of the bad debt. The funds may come from the District general fund, State or local funding, school or community organizations such as the PTA, or any other non-Federal source. Once the uncollectable/delinquent debt charges are converted to bad debt, records relating to those charges must be maintained in accordance with the record retention requirements in 7 CFR 210.9(b) (17) and 7 CFR 210.15(b).
The Superintendent is authorized to develop and implement an administrative guideline regarding meal charge procedures. This guideline will provide consistent directions for students who are eligible for reduced price or paid meals but do not have funds in their account or in hand to cover the cost of their meal at the time of service.
This guideline shall be provided in writing to all households at the start of each school year and to households transferring to the school or School District during the school year.
With regard to the operation of the school food service program, the Superintendent shall require:
the maintenance of sanitary, neat premises free from fire and health hazards;
the preparation of food that complies with Federal food safety regulations;
the planning and execution of menus in compliance with USDA requirements;
complying with food holds and recalls in accordance with USDA regulations;
the accounting and disposition of food-service funds pursuant to Federal and State law and USDA regulations;
the safekeeping and storage of food and food equipment pursuant to State and Federal law and USDA regulations;
the regular maintenance and replacement of equipment;
all District employees whose salaries are paid for with USDA funds or non-federal funds used to meet a match or cost share requirement must comply with the District’s time and effort record-keeping policy (See Policy 6116).
The District shall serve only nutritious food as determined by the Food Service Department in compliance with the current USDA Nutrition Standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition guidelines. Foods and beverages unassociated with the food-service program must comply with the current USDA Nutrition Standards for the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition guidelines, and may be vended in accordance with Board Policy 8540.
The Superintendent will require that the food service program serve foods in District schools that are wholesome and nutritious and reinforce the concepts taught in the classroom.
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and Richard B. Russell National School
Lunch Act, 42 U.S.C. 1751 et seq.
Child Nutrition Act of 1966, 42 U.S.C. 1771 et seq.
M.C.L. 380.1272, 1272a, 1272d et seq.
7 C.F.R. Parts 15b, 127, 210, 215, 220, 225, 226, 240, 245, 3015
42 U.S.C. 1758, 1760
OMB Circular No. A–87 USDA Smart Snacks in School Food Guidelines
(effective July 1, 2014)
SP 32-2015 Statements Supporting Accommodations for Children with
Disabilities in the Child Nutrition Programs
WELLNESS POLICY #8510
As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Michigan Center School District.
The Board recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well being of the District's students. Furthermore, research concludes that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well being and his/her ability to learn. Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.
The Board, however, believes this effort to support the students' development of healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise cannot be accomplished by the schools alone. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.
The Board sets the following goals in an effort to enable students to establish good health and nutrition habits:
With regard to nutrition education, the District shall:
Nutrition education shall be included in the Health curriculum so that instruction is sequential and standards-based and provides students with the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to lead healthy lives.
Nutrition education shall be included in the sequential, comprehensive Health curriculum in accordance with the curriculum standards and benchmarks established by the State.
Nutrition education standards and benchmarks shall be age-appropriate and culturally relevant.
The standards and benchmarks for nutrition education shall be behavior focused.
Nutrition education shall include opportunities for appropriate student projects related to nutrition, involving, when possible, community agencies and organizations.
Nutrition education shall reinforce lifelong balance by emphasizing the link between caloric intake (eating) and exercise in ways that are age-appropriate.
Nutrition education standards and benchmarks promote the benefits of a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grain products, and low-fat and fat-free dairy products.
Staff responsible for providing instruction in nutrition education shall regularly participate in professional development activities designed to better enable them to teach the benchmarks and standards.
Instruction related to the standards and benchmarks for nutrition education shall be provided by highly qualified teachers.
With regard to physical activity, the District shall:
A sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and benchmarks established by the State.
The physical education curriculum shall provide sequential instruction related to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.
Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to engage in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.
The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall stress the importance of remaining physically active for life.
The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice, and be assessed on developmentally appropriate knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to engage in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity.
Planned instruction in physical education shall be sufficient for students to achieve a proficient level with regard to the standards and benchmarks established by the State.
The K-12 program shall include instruction in physical education as well as opportunities to participate in competitive and non-competitive team sports to encourage lifelong physical activity.
Planned instruction in physical education shall require students to be engaged in moderate to vigorous physical activity for at least fifty percent (50%) of scheduled class time.
Properly certificated, highly qualified teachers shall provide all instruction in physical education.
Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
Planned instruction in physical education shall meet the needs of all students, including those who are not athletically gifted.
Planned instruction in physical education shall be presented in an environment free of embarrassment, humiliation, shaming, taunting, or harassment of any kind.
Planned instruction in physical education shall include cooperative as well as competitive games.
Planned instruction in physical education shall take into account gender and cultural differences.
Planned instruction in physical education shall promote participation in physical activity outside the regular school day.
Physical activity should not be employed as a form of discipline or punishment.
All after-school programs shall provide developmentally appropriate physical activity for the students who participate.
With regard to other school-based activities the District shall:
The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.
Students, parents, and other community members shall have access to, and be encouraged to use, the school's outdoor physical activity facilities outside the normal school day.
Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems, therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.
Students are discouraged from sharing their foods or beverages with one another during meal times, given concerns about allergies and other restrictions on some students' diets.
With regard to nutrition promotion, any foods and beverages marketed or promoted to students on the school campus, during the school day, will meet or exceed the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards.
Additionally, the District shall:
encourage students to increase their consumption of healthful foods during the school day;
create an environment that reinforces the development of healthy eating habits, including offering the following healthy foods that comply with the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards:
a variety of fresh produce to include those prepared without added fats, sugars, refined sugars, and sodium
a variety of vegetables daily to include specific subgroups as defined by dark green, red/orange, legumes, and starchy
whole grain products - half of all grains need to be whole grain-rich upon initial implementation and all grains must be whole grain-rich within two (2) years of implementation
fluid milk that is fat-free (unflavored and flavored) and low-fat (unflavored)
meals designed to meet specific calorie ranges for age/grade groups
eliminate trans-fat from school meals
require students to select a fruit or vegetable as part of a complete reimbursable meal
provide opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills for consuming healthful foods
All foods and beverages sold to students as fund raisers outside of the school meals program during the regular and extended school day for consumption on the school campus shall meet the USDA Competitive Food regulations, the Alliance for A Healthier Generation’s Competitive Foods and Beverages Guidelines, the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, and/or current State legislation.
Rewarding children in the classroom should not involve candy and other foods that can undermine children’s diets and health and reinforce unhealthy eating habits. A wide variety of alternative rewards can be used to provide positive reinforcement for children’s behavior and academic performance.
Furthermore, with the objectives of enhancing student health and well being, and reducing childhood obesity, the following guidelines are established:
In accordance with Policy 8500, entitled Food Service, the food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages, including but not limited to the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, as well as to the fiscal management of the program.
As set forth in Policy 8531, entitled Free and Reduced Price Meals, the guidelines for reimbursable school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The sale of foods of minimal nutritional value in the food service area during the lunch period is prohibited.
The sale of foods and beverages to students that do not meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards to be consumed on the school campus during the school day is prohibited.
All food items and beverages available for sale to students for consumption on the school campus (any area of property under the jurisdiction of the school that is accessible to students during the school day) between midnight and thirty (30) minutes after the close of the regular school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards, including, but not limited to, competitive foods that are available to students a la carte or as entrees in the dining area (except entree items that were offered on the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP) menu on the day of and the day after they are offered on the NSLP or SBP menu), as well as food items and beverages from vending machines, from school stores, or as fund-raisers, including those operated by student clubs and organizations, parent groups, or boosters clubs.
The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.
The school food service program may involve students, parents, staff, and/or school officials in the selection of competitive food items to be sold in the schools.
The food service program shall be administered by a qualified nutrition professional.
Continuing professional development shall be provided for all staff of the food service program.
All foods offered on the school campus during the school day shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, including competitive foods that are available to students a la carte in the dining area, as classroom snacks, or from vending machines.
All food and beverages that are provided, other than through sale, on the school campus during the school day (which may include classroom snacks, for classroom parties, and at holiday celebrations) shall comply with the current USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual(s) charged with operational responsibility for verifying that the District meets the goals established in this policy.
The Superintendent shall appoint a District wellness committee that includes parents, students, representatives of the school food authority, educational staff (including health and physical education teachers), mental health and social services staff, school health professionals, members of the public and school administrators to oversee development, implementation, evaluation and periodic update of the wellness policy. The Wellness Committee shall be an ad hoc committee with members recruited and chosen annually.
The Wellness Committee shall be responsible for:
assessment of the current school environment;
review of the District’s wellness policy;
presentation of the wellness policy to the school board for approval;
measurement of the implementation of the policy;
recommendation for the revision of the policy, as necessary.
Before the end of each school year the Wellness Committee shall recommend to the Superintendent any revisions to the policy it deems necessary and/or appropriate. In its review, the Wellness Committee shall consider evidence-based strategies in determining its recommendations.
The Superintendent shall report annually to the Board on the progress of the Wellness Committee and on its evaluation of policy implementation and areas for improvement, including status of compliance by individual schools and progress made in attaining goals of policy.
The Superintendent is also responsible for informing the public, including parents, students and community members, on the content and implementation of this policy. In order to inform the public, the Superintendent shall distribute information at the beginning of the school year to families of school children and post the policy on the District’s website, including the Wellness Committee's assessment of the implementation of the policy.
The District shall assess the Wellness Policy at least once every three (3) years on the extent to which schools in the District are in compliance with the District policy, the extent to which the District policy compares to model wellness policies, and the progress made in attaining the goals of the District Wellness Policy. The assessment shall be made available to the public on the School District’s web site.
42 U.S.C. 1751, Sec. 204
42 U.S.C. 1771
7 C.F.R. Parts 210 and 220