Forest Hills Public Schools
Food Service Department

160 Alta Dale Avenue SE
Ada, MI 49301
Hours: M-F, 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Phone: (616) 493-8774     Fax: (616) 493-8784
Chris Nelson, Food Service Supervisor
Jessica Meyers, Assistant Food Service Supervisor

Instructions for Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Apply for Free or Reduced priced meals online!


When school is cancelled 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. 


If you are in need of a free meal during the summer months when school is out of session check out this website, meals are provided to people 18 years of age or younger, free of charge all you have to do is show up! Check this website for a location near you:


Welcome to the Food Service Department at Forest Hills Public Schools!

Dear Forest Hills Public Schools Families:

We are please to announce that we are using the Meal Magic Corporation’s point-of-sale system in our school cafeterias.  Meal Magic is a pre-paid system that provides convenience and accountability to our meal programs.

Your child will be given an “account” into which you may deposit money at any time and any monies from last year will be rolled over in his/her account.  This account will allow your child to pay for meals or snacks just by using his/her account.  Also, Meal Magic gives you certain controls for monitoring and controlling your child’s spending and eating habits.

Meal Magic helps to prevent embarrassment that some children feel when they participate in the free and reduced meal program.  All of the children’s accounts will look the same.  As an added benefit you also will be able to fill out your application for Free- and Reduced-Meal Benefits online using  When using this site, you will no longer need to send in the paper application and in most cases your approval will be in one business day or less.  Once the application is reviewed, you will receive a letter indicating if the application was approved as free, reduced, 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.  Your child will be responsible for any debts incurred before the application is approved.

Additionally, Meal Magic will assist in providing better communications with you.  With our Meal Magic system comes access to  By using this website you will be able to view your child’s account history, including seeing the items your child has purchased.  In addition, you will be able to deposit money into your child’s account with your debit/credit card/e-checks and put limits on your child’s spending, if you so please.  The structure for making online deposits is as follows:


E-Check Credit Card
This option is cheaper ($1) This option is more expensive ($1.95)
e-Funds for Schools charges a flat $1 fee e-Funds for Schools charges $1.95 fee per $100
There is a $750 transaction amount cap There also is a flat $ .50 fee for multiple students
There is no transaction amount cap



FHPS Charge Policy


Lunch Prices

Elementary (Grades K-4): $2.55 (includes milk)
Secondary (Grades 5-12): $2.80 (includes milk)
Milk-only: $ .50
Adult: $3.65

Menu Substitution form for students with Allergies


Monthly Lunch Menus and Nutritional Analysis

(Click on month – PDF Format)

Elementary Lunch Menu

Knapp Forest and Orchard View Lunch Menu

Central Woodlands, Northern Trails, and Middle Schools Lunch Menu

High Schools Lunch Menu




Activity Sheets (PDF)
Garden Vegetables
Stone Fruit

Nutrition Thymes Spring Newsletter (PDF)


The USDA issued new school meal requirements for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.  This means Forest Hills’ students are seeing some changes this school year in the foods served at school.  Chartwells School Dining Services manages the Food Service Department at Forest Hills Public Schools and has already begun incorporating several positive initiatives that will allow a smooth transition to the new meal requirements.

Your child(ren) will experience the new USDA requirements when they dine in their school cafeteria.  One vital change is the requirement for a child to select at least 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable to make up a complete meal.   There are five food groups to select foods from:  fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, and milk.   Student meals must contain at least a selection of three of the five food groups with one being the fruit and/or vegetable selection.  If no fruit or vegetable is selected, the student will pay the individual item prices for foods instead of the complete meal price.   Here is an overview of what your child(ren) can expect to see in their school dining center at Forest Hills Public Schools.

Increase in Fruits and Vegetables

  • All students will be offered double the amount of fruits and vegetables with meals.
  • Colorful fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals important for growth and development during childhood.
  • We offer a large variety of nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, including dark greens, orange starchy vegetables, and legumes.
  • Students are required to select at least 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable for their meal to be considered a complete meal or will be charged individual item prices.


Allowable Grains and Proteins

  • Menus offer specific amounts of whole grains and proteins that meet the requirements.
  • For some breads and meats students might see smaller size portions.
  • We already offer a variety of whole grains like our proprietary whole-grain pizza crust- PIZZAM!, rolls, muffins, pancakes, waffles. and whole-grain/reduced sugar cereals.


Lower Sodium

  • We continue to work with food manufacturers to reformulate food products including lower sodium sauces and spreads.
  • Chartwells’ chefs and registered dietitians continually create tasty new recipes that use non-salt seasonings and herbs to replace and reduce salt.


Reduced Fats

  • We only serve food products and ingredients that contain zero grams of trans fats per serving, and we encourage the use of healthy fats and oils.
  • It is important to limit unhealthy fats such as saturated and trans fat because eating too many can lead to heart disease and high cholesterol, as well as other chronic diseases.


Menus by Age Groups

  • New grade groups for menu planning are aimed at ensuring students receive age-appropriate portions and nutrients.
  • Changes in specific serving sizes might mean some smaller portion sizes on some items like burritos, wraps, sub sandwiches, hot meat sandwiches, calzones/strombolis,  and pasta dishes.


As a USDA National Strategic Partner, Chartwells School Dining Services consistently meets or exceeds many of the new requirements for school meals.  For instance, earlier this year, Chartwells introduced a new white whole wheat pizza crust. The pizza crust, called PIZZAM!, which is proprietary to Chartwells, is a highly nutritious, top quality crust that contains very unique ingredients such as flax seed, a source of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids as well as olive oil. The USDA requires foods that contain zero trans-fats per serving, which has been met with the use of olive oil and flax seed. The pizza also is leavened with natural yeast and without the use of chemicals, high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavors or colors.

Additionally, the new regulations require that half of grains offered at lunch be whole grains. The new pizza crust is made with 51 percent white whole wheat, and it is a whole grain food. The new standards require schools to significantly lower sodium in menus, and this new pizza crust is 25 percent lower in sodium than traditional crust, and more importantly still tastes great according to our students.

Both Chartwells and Forest Hills Public Schools are dedicated to providing quality nutritious meals that students will enjoy and choose to eat.  We hope you will encourage your child(ren) to try new fruits and vegetables.  You are invited to join us for a meal at school to see the changes for yourself.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 616-493-8774or via email atcnelson@fhps.netWe encourage you to see what’s on the menu at school.


Chris Nelson and Jessica Meyers
Directors of Dining Services
Chartwells School Dining Services
Forest Hills Public Schools




The Forest Hills Food Service Department is dedicated to serving nutritious and healthy food every day to over 10,000 customers. Approximately 56 percent of the products we  purchase are locally grown and/or produced.  Last year, Forest Hills Public Schools prepared, served, and sold a total of 825,000 meals. In addition to the traditional way of paying for your student’s lunch with cash or check, Forest Hills Public Schools offers another alternative through Meal Magic where you can create an online student account and manage your child’s lunch account from any Web browser.

What’s New with School Lunches?

Forest Hills Schools has teamed up with Chartwells to provide nutritious meals. Visit for nutritional and other informative information. You can also sign up to receive free e-newsletters to be sent directly to your e-mail address.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: How much does lunch cost?

Elementary (Grades K-4): $2.50 (includes milk)
Secondary (Grades 5-12): $2.75 (includes milk)
Milk-only: $0.50
Adult: $3.60

Q: How do I pay for my child’s school lunch? 

Forest Hills Public Schools accepts cash and checks at each school in addition to offering an online payment option.

Q: Why did I receive a letter stating my child’s lunch balance is low?

Research shows that children who are well fed learn better than students who are hungry. The food service staff strives to feed a nutritious lunch to each child every day.

Please help us make the lunchroom a fun place for your child by keeping an adequate balance in their lunch account to cover the meals they purchase. To help you ensure that your child has an adequate balance in their account, we will begin to send home a “LOW BALANCE” letter each week at the elementary level if the child’s account has fallen below $8.00. If the child’s balance falls into arrears, you will receive a “Negative Balance” letter each week, alerting you to please deposit funds as soon as possible so your child can continue to purchase lunch.

Financial Assistance

If there is a need for financial assistance with the lunch programs please call the Food Service Office at 493-8774 for CONFIDENTIAL help in applying for the free or reduced priced lunch program or download the application that applies to your child’s needs.  Print and complete the application (see below) and mail it to:   Forest Hills Public Schools, Food Service Department, 160 Alta Dale Drive SE, Ada, MI  49301.

Free or Reduced Lunch Applications also are available in school offices.  Our goal is to have healthy, happy, and well-fed children who learn to the best of their abilities.  Please help us by keeping an adequate balance in your student’s lunch account.

Thank you for visiting the Food Service portion of the website.  Please let us know if you have any questions or comments.