Food & Nutrition Services

Welcome to Stockbridge Schools Food & Nutrition Services!
Stockbridge Schools Food & Nutrition Department is dedicated to serving our students appealing and nutritious meals that will give them the fuel that is needed to achieve their daily academic, and physical growth. We also make it our job to help teach students which foods they need to consume, in their appropriate portion sizes, in order to live a healthy life.

Please feel free to contact the Food & Nutrition's Office  at any time with questions or concerns.

Stephanie White, Director of Food & Nutrition Services
517-851-7770 ext.6308
Main Office Location:
416 N. Clinton Street
Stockbridge, MI 49285

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from 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 should 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: USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, 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: 

mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or 

fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 

email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Free & Reduced Meal Applications from the 2021-22  school year will expire on October 4, 2022.

We encourage all families to complete a Free & Reduced meal application to see if they may qualify for free or reduced-priced meals. Meal applications are online on the new Family Portal. You don’t need an account, you can select the "Apply for Benefits" tab and complete the application as a guest. Once your application is submitted it goes directly to the Food Service Director. 

The parent or guardian is responsible for any meal charges that occur prior to being notified of their approval for benefits. Please call 517-851-7770 ext. 6308 with any questions you may have.  

We encourage all parent/guardians to complete a Free & Reduced meal application as soon as possible to prevent any unnecessary costs for meals. 

External LinkStart An Application
PDF DocumentFrequently Asked Questions
PDF DocumentHow To Apply
PDF DocumentFree & Reduced Application
External LinkMDE Summer Food Program

Parents/guardians are responsible for any unpaid charges to their student’s account. By monitoring their student’s accounts often, they can ensure there are no occurring negative balances. Pre-Paying on a student’s account helps to ensure there are adequate funds at all times for meals. Pre-Payments can also be made online at SchoolPay. Unpaid meal charges will be turned over to the District Business Manager’s Office at school year's end. 

An account can be set up online in the Meal Magic Family Portal to check your student's daily spending, and to view the monies available in their account. You will need your student’s ID# to set up an account. You can find your student’s ID# at their individual school office. It is the obligation of the parent/guardian to ensure their students have lunch money, or a  packed lunch sent from home each school day. We understand there may be circumstances that may occur on occasion with a meal, and we have implemented the following Charging Guidelines for families in our district. We encourage the parent or guardian to monitor their student’s meal accounts regularly to ensure there are adequate funds to purchase their meals. Money left in a student’s account will carry over into the next school year.

Students Eligible for Free Lunch

Students will receive breakfast and lunch each day at no charge.

  • Students must have cash or money in their meal account in order to purchase a la carte items including milk. (Milk is only included in a fully reimbursable meal at no charge. Otherwise, milk is considered an a la carte item and an unallowable charge.)

Students Eligible for Reduced Lunch 

Students can charge up to five meals before receiving a designated menu alternate and charged their standard meal price.

  • Students are not allowed to charge for breakfast. They must have adequate funds to pay.
  • Students must have cash or money in their meal account in order to purchase a la carte items including milk.
  • If a student has a negative balance on their account and brings money for a la carte items, this money will be put toward their negative balance.
  • Reminder letters of negative balances are sent home with students each week.
  • Automated low-balance email reminders are sent each week to families who have provided an accurate email address.
  • All negative balances must be paid off by the school year's end. 

Elementary Students (K-2)

Elementary students are exempt from receiving an alternate meal at lunch.  

  • Students must have adequate funds in their accounts for meals.  
  • Parents will be notified by letter when their child has three unpaid meals. At the time a child reaches five unpaid meals, the building office will call the parent/guardian.
  • A la carte items are not allowable charges including milk.
  • Reminder letters of negative balances will be sent home with students each week.
  • Automated low-balance email reminders are sent each week to families that have provided an accurate email address.
  • All negative balances must be paid off by school year's end.

Elementary Students (3-6)

Students can charge up to three meals before receiving a designated menu alternate and charged the standard meal price. 

  • Students must have adequate funds in their accounts for meals.  
  • Parents will be notified by letter when their child has three unpaid meals. At the time a child reaches five unpaid meals, the building office will call the parent/guardian.
  • A la carte items are not allowable charges including milk.
  • Reminder letters of negative balances will be sent home with students each week.
  • Automated low-balance email reminders are sent each week to families that have provided an accurate email address.
  • All negative balances must be paid off by school year's end.

Jr High/Sr. High School Students (7-12)

Students can charge one meal before receiving a designated menu alternate and charged the standard meal price.

  • Students must have adequate funds in their accounts for meals.  
  • Parents will be notified by letter when their child has three unpaid meals. At the time a child reaches five unpaid meals, the building office will call the parent/guardian.
  • A la carte items are not allowable charges including milk.
  • Reminder letters of negative balances will be sent home with students each week.
  • Automated low-balance email reminders are sent each week to families that have provided an accurate email address.
  • All negative balances must be paid off by school year's end.

Adults

Adults are not allowed to charge meals or a la carte items. 

Payment to your student’s meal account can be made at any time.

Meal Accounts

Parents and Guardians have the ability to check their student’s meal account balance, their daily spending, and transfer money between accounts within your family. Accounts can be set up online in the new Family Portal. You will need your student’s identification number when setting up an account.    

Online Payments

Online payment can be made at SchoolPay . Funds are deposited immediately, no waiting hours or days.  

Junior/Senior High School and Heritage School

Students can pay the cashier at the time of meal service. Cash and checks are accepted at the register. Checks should be made out to Stockbridge Community Schools, and we ask that you put your students first and last name in the memo.  

Smith Elementary

Students can turn in payment any morning, either to their teacher or in the cafeteria. Money must be in a sealed envelope with the student’s full name and lunch written on it. When sending checks, the students first and last name must be in the memo. We do not recommend sending cash for payment, especially at the elementary level.

Checks

Checks should be made out to Stockbridge Community Schools

Family Checks

If you have multiple students you can send one check for all students. Family checks can be evenly split or different amounts deposited to each student's account. Family checks should have the names of all students and the amount to deposit for each student.

Mailing a Payment

Checks can be mailed to Stockbridge Community Schools
Food & Nutrition Services
416 North Clinton Street
Stockbridge, MI, 49285

Breakfast

The Food Service Department is excited to announce that we will be providing FREE breakfast to all students for the remainder of the 2022-23 school year, starting on December 1, 2022.

Students must take a complete reimbursable meal in order for their meal to be free.
A school breakfast consists of three meal components, which are defined as: one serving of milk (1% white and fat-free), two whole grain equivalents (with optional meat/meat alternate as a grain), one serving of fruit/juice (1 cup combination). Students must take three items and one must be a fruit or juice. Most entrees are two items.

Breakfast is served each morning in all buildings' cafeterias:

Lunch

A school lunch consists of five meal components: protein, grain, fruit, vegetable, and milk. Students must take three out of the five components, and one must be at least a half cup of fruit or vegetable, in order for their meal to be a complete reimbursable meal. Many of our main entrees consist of two meal components.

 

Cafeteria Contact Information:

 Junior/ Senior High
 Stephanie White
 517-815-7770 ext.6308
 
Heritage School
 Jodie Jacobs
 517-851-8600 ext.4309
 
Smith Elementary
 Sue Gasieski
 851-7735 ext.3116