Food Service

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Our talented food service staff provides an array of Type A Meals. A complete a la carte menu is also available. This year’s school breakfast is $1.70 for all levels and lunch prices are $2.20 for elementary students, $2.45 for middle school students, and $2.70 for high school students.  The cost of a carton of milk is .50 cents.

 

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Both ZEHS and ZWHS also have a C-Store, an option for a convenient and healthy snack or meal throughout the day. C-Store hours are 7am – 3pm. Items may include fresh fruits, vegetables, yogurt, whole wheat or baked snacks, along with hot and cold beverage options.

More than 4,000 students in grades K-12 use the district’s food service program daily.

Individuals without internet access may feel free to contact the Food Service Office, 616-748-3128 for assistance.

Contact our Food Service Director Luanne Wolting at 616-748-3126 or email lwolting@zps.org

 

 

MenusFormsFood AccountsMeal TimesInformationWellness PolicyNutrition

 

May 25, 2015 thru the End of School Year

Gluten Free Menu: (You must have a Medical Statement on file to order this option)
MONDAY: Chef Salad no bread
TUESDAY: Grilled Chicken Patty on gluten free bun
WEDNESDAY: Ham & Cheese on gluten free bun
THURSDAY: Yogurt/ String cheese/Tortilla chips
FRIDAY: Gluten Free Pepperoni Pocket Pizza

 

If your child has an allergy and you would like to request a food substitution, please submit one of the following forms to food service.  Form must be filled out by your doctor.

If you have any questions concerning our food nutrition guidelines, please contact us at foodservice@zps.org.

Lunch Accounts

You may send money to school by check or cash.  Deposit envelopes can be obtained from your school office or you may use your own.  Please include student(s) first and last name, amount of deposit, check number if applicable, & school name(s).

Lunch Accounts can be accessed online by following the link below:

Sendmoneytoschool.com

FYI:  Meal Magic Suite, LunchApp.com, and SendMoneyToSchool.com operate on Microsoft servers. The Heartbleed bug is specific to a technology known as OpenSSL commonly used on Linux servers. As required for PCI compliance, Meal Magic Corporation’s servers and routers are scanned regularly to ensure they have no known vulnerabilities and that information received from parents and schools is being safely and securely processed.

Please Note:  To help offset our rising cost of providing online deposits, beginning in January 2014 there will be a $2.00 service fee per family deposit for using sendmoneytoschool.com. You can still use your account to check balances at no cost to you.

Money on student accounts at the end of the school year will be carried over to the next year. If leaving the district, monies left over can be transferred to sibling accounts or you can request a refund by emailing us at foodservice@zps.org

If requesting a refund, please include:

Student Name
Parent name to write check to
Address
City, State, Zip
Phone Number

If requesting a transfer, please include:

Student full names
School(s) attending this year

 

Breakfast Times 2014-2015 Lunch Times 2014-2015
1st 2nd 3rd
East HS 7:00-8:00 10:56- 11:26 12:05-12:35
West HS 7:00-8:30 10:56- 11:26 12:05-12:35
Cityside 7:00-7:30 10:58-11:28 11:28-11:58 11:59-12:29
Creekside 7:00-7:30 11:00-11:30 11:30-12:00 12:00-12:30
Adams 8:15-8:50 11:45-12:40
Lincoln 7:55-8:55 11:45-12:35
New Groningen 8:10-8:45 11:40-12:30
Roosevelt 8:20-8:45 11:35-12:30
Quincy 8:20-8:45 11:50-12:35          ZKids Breakfast  7:55-8:00
Woodbridge 8:00-8:35 11:35-12:25
Zeeland Chr 11:50-12:20  MS Lunch Thurs only 11:25 a.m.
Borculo Chr 12:45-1:15

The child nutrition and food service department recognizes the importance of a healthy diet and it’s affect on the student’s ability to learn and achieve high academic standards in the school setting. We look forward to providing your children with another year of nutritious and tasty school meals.

We would like to take this opportunity to explain our program to you.

School Breakfast: Breakfast is available at all Zeeland Public Schools. Students interested in eating breakfast should report directly to the cafeteria upon arriving at school. If your child qualifies for a free or reduced lunch, he also qualifies for a free or reduced breakfast.

Breakfast Prices
Elementary Full Pay – $1.70 per day
Secondary Full Pay – $1.70 per day
Reduced meals – $.30 per day
Free meals – $.00 per day
Milk – $.50
School Lunches: School meals are carefully planned and prepared to meet not only strict government guidelines, but also the taste of our customers. Several options for the school meals are available daily.

New Lunch Prices
Elementary Full Pay – $2.20 per day
Middle School Full Pay – $2.45 per day
High School Full Pay – $2.70 per day
Reduced meals – $.40 per day
Free meals – $.00 per day
Milk – $.50

Payment and Meal Accounts: All meals are on a pre-paid account. There must be money in the account in order to use it. I must remind you that you, as the parent, are ultimately responsible for ensuring that your child has money in their account. Questions concerning your child’s account may be directed to Betsy at 616-748-3128. Payments can be made online or by sending cash or a check with your child at their school. Any money, positive or negative, in your child’s account will follow them from one grade to the next grade.
Online Deposits: You may visit our Meal Magic deposit web site www.sendmoneytoschool.com and register your family. You just need an email address and your child’s student ID number. After approval you will have instant access to your children’s account histories and the ability to make credit or debit card deposits for a $2.00 fee per transaction using a secure internet connection. We do not accept credit card payments over the phone or at any building, they must be done online.
Low Balance Emails: You may sign up to receive automatic e-mail reminders when your child’s lunch account dips below $5. If you are interested in receiving them, send your request to foodservice@zps.org

Free or Reduced Priced Lunch Applications: After July 1, 2014 you will be able to fill out the application for Free or Reduced priced meal benefits online at www.lunchapp.com . If you do not have internet access or you feel more comfortable filling out the paper copy, the Free & Reduced Application is included in this packet. (Aplicaciónes para el almuerzo gratis y reducido estan disponibles en español. Si usted prefiere una forma en español por favor llame al número 616-748-3128.) A new application must be completed every school year. If you do not submit a new form by September 30, 2014, your child will automatically be charged the full price beginning on October 1, 2014. You will be responsible for the charges incurred because of the late submission. Only one application per family is needed. Therefore, you need to submit either an online application or a paper application. Please take a moment to check over this form. If you think there is a possibility that you might qualify, please fill it out as soon as possible. Please make sure you follow directions carefully as failure to do so may cause delays in the final approval process. This information is highly confidential and treated with the utmost respect. You will be notified by mail of your status after we receive your application, please allow up 10 days for us to process your application. Applications are entered in the order they were received.

State Requirements: The state of Michigan requires children to have a complete meal. For lunch there are five components offered to make up a “qualified meal,” the entrée, fruits, vegetables, bread, and milk. Three of the five components are necessary (and one of them needs to be ½ cup of fruit or vegetable) on your child’s tray in order for it to qualify as a complete meal and be considered for a Free or Reduced priced lunch. Breakfast also requires students to take three (one needing to be a ½ fruit) of the four components offered.

If your child is on our Free/Reduced program and takes only a milk they will be charged the full price of .50 cents; as this is not considered a complete meal.

Parental Blocks: At the secondary level, we offer extra ala carte items. If you would prefer your child not be allowed to purchase these items, please call our office at 616-748-3128. You have the option of completely blocking these or other snack items from their account. Or you may choose the Cash for Ala Carte option, where they must purchase those extra items with their own cash, rather than the money that is in their account. Another parental block that is offered is to set up a daily spending limit on your child’s purchases. Feel free to contact our office regarding any of these concerns.

Allergies: Due to the large number of peanut allergies, Zeeland Elementary Schools, Zeeland Christian School, and Borculo Christian School will be PEANUT ALLERGY SENSITIVE during this school year. This means there will be no PB & J choice on our breakfast or lunch menu.

Menus: Our current menus are available on our website at www.zps.org/food-service/

If your child has any other food allergies, please feel free to contact me at 616-748-3126 to discuss any questions or concerns you have.

Safety: Safety is an important issue for everyone who serves our precious children. Staff in this department work hard to make sure food is cooked, maintained and served at the proper temperatures. All staff working with our children have taken and passed the Serv-Safe exam which is required by the State of Michigan. If you have any questions or concerns that you would like to share with me, please feel free to contact me at 616-748-3126. We truly appreciate your business and we look forward to serving your child this school year.

Information Letter 2014/2015 Printable Version

NEGATIVE BALANCES
• Students may not go negative for meals no more than:
3 meals for Elementary
2 meals for Middle School
1 meal for High School
No charging of ala carte items
• If charged meal balances for 3rd grade and up cannot be collected for paid and reduced students, cards are to be pulled and meals are to be denied until account is brought up to date.
• Green notes go out to elementary students only after the child goes negative.
• If a student is over limit we will give for two days only
Breakfast: Graham Cracker/Milk
Lunch: Cheese Sandwich/Milk

 

Zeeland Public Schools Wellness Policy

December 2014

As required by law, the Board of Education establishes the following wellness policy for the Zeeland Public 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 development 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:

A. With regards to nutrition education, the District shall:
• Nutrition education shall be integrated into other subject areas of the curriculum, when appropriate, to complement, but not replace, the standards and benchmarks for health education.

B. With regards 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 activity and movement shall be integrated, when possible, across the curricula and throughout the school day.

C. With regards to other school-based activities, the District shall:
• The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is a minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.
• The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.

D. With regards to nutrition promotion, the District shall:
• Encourage students to increase their consumption of healthful foods during the school day.

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 the financial 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 that do not meet the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the USDA Smart Snacks in School nutrition standards to be consumed on the 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 entrée 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 booster clubs.

• The food service program will strive to be financially self-supporting; however, if it is necessary to subsidize operation, it will not be through the sale of foods with minimal nutritious value.

The Board designates the Superintendent as the individual 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 physical education teachers), 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:
A. assessment of the current school environment;
B. review of the District’s wellness policy;
C. presentation of the wellness policy to the school board for approval;
D. measurement of the implementation of the policy;
E. 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.

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 include information in the student handbook and post the policy on the District’s website, including the Wellness Committee’s assessment of the implementation of the policy.

High School

Middle School

Elementary & Christian Schools

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Luanne Wolting @ 616-748-3126

Food Service Email Reminders

If you have not already done so, you may sign up to receive automatic e-mail reminders when your child's lunch account dips below $5. If you are interested in receiving this service, please complete this form.
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Summer Meal Program Information can be found here: www.whyhunger.org/findfood

 

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