Grand Rapids Christian Schools is excited to participate in the the National School Lunch Program for students and staff. Below is a summary of some important details about our food service program. We are committed to serving students healthy school meals that provide excellent nutrition to enhance student learning. We look forward to serving your family this year!
- Hot Lunch Menus
- Hot Lunch FAQs
- Paying for Hot Lunch
- Free and Reduced Meal Benefits and Application
- Summer Food Service Program
- Additional Information & Resources
- How do students receive meals?
- Can I still send a check to school?
- If I send a check, when will it be available?
- Can I send one check for all my students?
- How will I know when the account is getting low on funds?
- May students charge lunches to other students' accounts?
- What if I do not have access to the internet?
- Can I call to get my student's balance?
- What happens if a student account is $0 or less?
- May I get a refund from my child's account?
- What are the school meal patterns?
- What is a meat alternative?
- What is Offer vs. Serve?
- Are school meals nutritious?
At the elementary and middle schools, students will sign up for hot lunch at the beginning of the day. At the serving line during lunch, they will receive their selection and proceed to the cashier.
At the high school cashier, students will enter the last six digits of their Student ID on a pin pad to access their accounts. Student photos will appear on the screen to prevent students from being misidentified.
*Students receiving free or reduced-price meals will use the same procedure, and there will be no indication on the screen that the student is receiving a free or reduced-price lunch.
Absolutely! Meal deposits may be sent to school with your student in an envelope. Please label the envelope to Food Services and include the student's first and last name, teacher's name, and school. Envelopes may be dropped off in the school office. At the High School, checks or cash may be accepted from 7:30-10:30am at the school office.
Checks payable to Grand Rapids Christian are accepted. Please include your student's first and last name on the check. A $10 fee will be assessed for all returned checks.
You can monitor accounts online. Follow the link to SendMoneyToSchool.com and after creating an account and receiving your password, you can log on and view account balances and history.
Click the "View History" link next to the student's name. To view another history click the "Student List" link in the account menu. There is no charge to view your student's account history or balance.
We are happy to assist you in maintaining your student's account.
For elementary students, please contact the school and we will place you on a list to receive reminder slips to be sent home with your student. Once per week the reminder slips will be sent home if the account reaches a balance of $6 or less.
At the middle and high schools, cashiers will make every effort to alert students when account balances are getting low. Students may also check their balances as they make their purchases.
We cannot provide credit. However, we will allow a 3 meal grace period if a student account is negative. Only a qualifying federal meal will be provided and the price will be deducted from the account. If we do not receive a deposit during the grace period the student will not be able to have hot lunch.
At the high school, students will not be able to charge à La Carte drinks and snacks.
We are happy to transfer funds between your children's accounts. All lunch balances are carried over to the following school year. We urge all families and senior year students to monitor their lunch balances beginning in April to avoid leaving an excess balance on their account.
There is no fee to register at SendMoneyToSchool.com to access your child's account usage and balances.
Unfortunately, we do not refund hot lunch balances.
The USDA regulates the school meal patterns and specifies the size of each portion. A school lunch must include five components as determined by the federal regulations. The five lunch components include a meat/meat alternative, one serving of bread/grain, vegetable, fruit and fluid milk.
- Meals are based on the average calories for a 5-day week:
- Grades K-5th: 550-650 calories
- 6th-8th: 600-700 calories
- Grades 9th-12th : 750-850 calories
Offer versus Serve is a concept that was adopted by Congress in 1975 to permit students a choice in selecting the food they prefer, and reducing food waste in schools. Under this concept, a student is offered all five meal components for lunch; but must choose at least three components with one of them being a fruit or vegetable serving to qualify for the hot lunch price or meal benefits.
At least once every three years the Michigan Department of Education is required to conduct a nutrition review to determine that the school district is meeting the nutrition standards set by the USDA. Our menus are designed to meet or exceed the nutrient standards for calories, calcium, iron, Vitamin A & C, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and dietary fiber.
- Designed like a debit account, it eliminates the need for students to carry cash to school.
- Allows you to deposit money to a student account for use on any day, eliminating the morning lunch money hassle.
- Simple, convenient and designed to improve our services.
- Improves the speed of our lunch lines, giving students more time to eat.
- Protects the identity and privacy of students receiving meal benefits
Provided by Meal Magic Corporation, SendMoneyToSchool.com is used in many school districts in Michigan and other states. It provides a safe, secure and convenient way to make deposits to student meal accounts. Please note that SendMoneyToSchool.com does charge a nominal convenience fee for deposits made with a credit/debit card. No fees are charged for checks or cash sent to schools for deposits made to accounts. Grand Rapids Christian Schools does not receive any portion of this fee. We are providing this service for your convenience.
To view your student's account balance, history or to make an online deposit, you must first set up an account at SendMoneyToSchool.com.
to create an account
or make a deposit.
Deposits can be made at any time and there is no need to indicate which days your student will be eating. You may make deposits online or send cash, check or money order to school. There is no fee for check or cash deposits made at school or by mail.
Over 30 million students participate in the National School Lunch Program every day.
Over 50% receive free meals.
Free and Reduced-price meal benefits are available from the federal government. Applications are available at LunchApp.com. You may pick up an application at your child's school office or contact Food Service and we will confidentially mail you a family application. Only one application is needed per family.
To complete the family application securely online, please visit LunchApp.com then select "Apply" on the left tab.
If your child received free or reduced-price meals in our school district last year, you must re-apply to be eligible for continued benefits. Please complete and return your new application as soon as possible to avoid interruption in service for your child.
For questions on Free and Reduced Meal Benefits, please contact Mrs. Jill Zondag, Hot Lunch Account Coordinator.
Hot Lunch Account Coordinator
- Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
- Who can get free meals?
- Can foster children get free meals?
- Can homeless, runaway, and migrant children get free meals?
- Who can get reduced price meals?
- Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free meals?
- My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one?
- I get women, infants and children (WIC). Can my child(ren) get free meals?
- Will the information I give be verified?
- If I don’t qualify, may I apply later?
- What if I disagree with the schools’ decision about my application?
- May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. Citizen?
- Who should I include as members of my household?
- What if my income is not always the same?
- We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income?
- What if my child(ren) do not have health insurance?
- My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is his/her combat pay counted as income?
- My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?
- No. Complete one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application for all students in your household.
- We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information.
- You may go online to complete an application at LunchApp.com.
- Or manually complete family applications by calling Nancy McCarthy, at 616-574-5500, and she will gladly mail you an application.
- Children in households getting Food Assistance Program (FAP), Family Independence Program (FIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), can get free meals regardless of your income.
- Also, your children can get free meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.
- Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.
- They may also be included as household members on family applications if other family members wish to apply for free or reduced price meals.
- You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends) who share income and expenses.
- You must include yourself and all children living with you.
- If you live with other people who are economically independent (for example, people who you do not support, who do not share income with you or your children, and who pay a pro-rated share of the expenses), do not include them.
- List the amount that you normally get.
- For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month.
- If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes.
- If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs.
Add money to your child's hot lunch account online: