Welcome to FHPS Food Service!
Food is a big part of everyone’s well-being, and Forest Hills Public Schools’ students need a place to eat where they can connect with others, recharge, and enjoy a sense of happiness in their school. That’s why we serve food kids love to eat and create programs that encourage fun and discovery.
Our foodservice team is passionate about using fresh, nutritious, minimally processed and locally sourced ingredients, and we foster a sense of adventure in students through experiential learning activities – all with healthier students, healthier communities and a healthier planet in mind.
Our goal every day is to make sure that Forest Hills Public Schools’ students leave the cafeteria happier and healthier than when they came in!
Learn more about the National School Lunch Program and view real life comparisons in this easy to read document: Welcome to the School Nutrition Program.
Important Updates from Food Service
FREE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH FOR ALL STUDENTS!
For the 2023-2024 school year, Forest Hills Public Schools is joining the Michigan School Meals Program. Students in all FHPS school buildings can get one free breakfast meal and one free lunch meal each day. Breakfast will now be available at all schools when the doors open for students to enter each morning until the start of the school day. See your school’s website for times when students are allowed to enter the building.
Although meals are free, qualifying families should still apply for free or reduced price meals. These applications are critical in determining the funding our school receives from a variety of State and Federal Supplemental programs, including, but not limited to: Instructional Supports, non-Instructional services, professional learning for staff, parent and community engagement supplies and activities, and technology. Your family may also receive benefits outside of school such as reduced fees for activities, discounted internet service, and more.
Please go to this link for more information about food assistance in Michigan: Michigan Food Assistance Program Information for Families.
View the table below to determine whether or not your family is eligible:
What to Expect for Breakfast
Before going to class in the morning, your child can stop by the cafeteria to pick up a breakfast Grab & Go bag* containing healthy whole grains and a variety of fresh or dried fruit. White or chocolate milk and a second option of fresh, dried, frozen or canned fruit will be available for your child to add to his/her meal at no cost.
- K-4 & K-5
- Students who ride the bus will receive student ID barcode labels to place on their bus card. The bus card will be placed in a plastic card holder which will be attached to the student’s backpack. Students who want breakfast should come to the cafeteria after exiting the bus.
- Students who do NOT ride the bus will receive a student ID barcode card provided by the food service department. This card will be placed in a plastic card holder and will be attached to the student’s backpack. Students who want breakfast should come to the cafeteria when they arrive at school.
- NOTE: It is important to remind your child to keep his/her backpack with them if they go to the cafeteria for breakfast. Each student who gets breakfast from the cafeteria will have the card that is attached to their backpack scanned by a food service employee. This process is for meal claiming purposes only and will not charge your child’s account for breakfast.
- High School, Middle School & 5/6 students should take their student ID badge with them to the cafeteria to help expedite the lines.
- Goodwillie & Transitions students should pre-order breakfast a week at a time. Breakfast pickup will be at a designated location in your school.
*Students at Northern Hills Middle, Northern High, Eastern Middle and Eastern High will have a slightly different breakfast menu. Visit https://fhps.nutrislice.com/ for more information.
What comes in a lunch?
K-4 & K-5 Elementary Schools – Your child will have a choice of three main entrees every day, including a hot vegetarian option. Each lunch comes with a choice of white or chocolate milk, and a variety of fresh and prepared fruits and vegetables.
5/6 Schools, Middle Schools and High Schools – In these grade levels, your child will have more choices for meals. The Grill and 2Mato stations include homemade pizza by the slice, and a variety of hot sandwiches such as fresh grilled burgers and chicken sandwiches. The Deli station features fresh baked sub sandwiches, and On the Go includes fresh prepared items, such as smoothies, salads and yogurt parfaits. The Create station includes a variety of home-style meals, pasta dishes, and Global cuisine. Our Sono line (available at all high schools and EMS) serves made-to-order tacos, nachos, and burrito bowls. All meals include a choice of a variety of fresh and prepared fruits and vegetables, and a choice of milk.
What about a la carte?
A la carte items are available for purchase at 5/6 buildings, middle schools and high schools. Such items include bottled beverages ($2.00), homemade chocolate chip cookies ($1.50), assorted varieties of packaged chips and snacks ($1.50) and cartons of milk* ($.65).
One free breakfast and one free lunch is available to each student per day. Additional meals may be purchased a la carte using funds in the student’s account. Students will not be allowed to purchase a la carte items if funds are not available on their account.
All of our a la carte offerings meet the USDA Smart Snacks Standards for food and beverages.
*Please note that milk is included in a reimbursable meal. Charges for milk only apply if milk is chosen without a reimbursable meal or if an additional milk is taken with a meal.
Meal Magic Family Portal
The Meal Magic Family Portal https://foresthills.familyportal.cloud/ is your one-stop site for managing your child’s meal account. Once you’ve created your personal account, you will be able to:
- Apply for free and reduced price meal benefits
- View your child’s detailed purchase history
- View current account balance
- Make an online deposit
- Transfer funds between your children
- Set up automatic low balance email reminders
- Access and change parental controls, such as a daily spending limit
The best way to get started is by going https://foresthills.familyportal.cloud/ where you can log in to your current account, or create a new account. Click on “How-To Videos” or “Instructions” for help.
To deposit funds into your child’s account using a credit or debit card please set up an account on the Meal Magic Family Portal, or pay by check/cash in your school’s office or at the Food Service Office (160 Alta Dale Dr SE Ada, MI 49301). Make sure any cash or check funds are clearly marked with your child’s name and state that the deposit is for “Food Service“.
If your child has funds remaining at the end of the school year, these funds will transfer with your child to the next grade level for as long as your child remains in the FHPS district.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to meal account deposits, please contact the Food Service Office at 616-493-8774.
Interactive School Menu
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 calories, calculate carbs and much more.
Did you know free meals are available over the summer?
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.
Check out our Chartwells Discovery Kitchen at Home site! It includes recipes for you and your family to try, fun activities, and tons of information about chartwells!
You can apply online on the Meal Magic Family Portal. 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.
If you do not have access to a computer, you can fill out a paper application. Paper applications are available in school offices, or you can print one here. Once completed, mail your application to:
Forest Hills Public Schools Food Service Department
160 Alta Dale Ave SE
Ada, MI 49301
Our goal is to have healthy, happy, and well-fed children who learn to the best of their abilities. Please call the Food Service Office at (616) 493-8774 for CONFIDENTIAL help in applying for free or reduced-price meals.
- Apply for financial assistance
- Free and Reduced Price Meal Application
- Free and Reduced Application in other languages
- How to apply for benefits
- FAQs About Free and Reduced-Price School Meals
- Sharing Information with Other Programs
Meal Charge Policy
All students will be allowed to purchase a reimbursable meal regardless of their lunch account balance. If a child’s lunch account balance is zero or below, we will offer a reimbursable meal; however, they will not be allowed to purchase any à la carte items. This will create a negative balance on their account. Negative and/or low balance reminders will be emailed twice weekly to the email address on file. Parents and/or guardians are responsible for the negative balance accrued on their student(s) accounts.
Special Dietary Needs
Please contact Chef Dani at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-256-1562 with any questions or concerns about your child’s dietary needs.
If your student has a special dietary need due to a disability or medical issue, special dietary accommodations can be made. Please complete the Medical Statement to Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations and mail to the Food Service Office:
160 Alta Dale Ave SE
Ada, MI 49301
Forest Hills Public Schools Food Service Department Catering helps you make sure your event is perfect—from planning to the presentation! We have an experienced and passionate team dedicated to your event, and for your convenience, our chefs have created menus with popular, seasonal and perfect pairings. This is just a sample of what we offer, so don’t hesitate to share your ideas—we’re here to make them happen.
Whether your plans call for a small reception or a gourmet dinner, our catering team will work with you every step of the way.
And the icing on the cake: yes we do fabulous desserts, but also ordering through FHPS Catering means you’re doing something great from the start—proceeds from the event go directly back to Forest Hills Public Schools.
Interested in placing a catering order? Use our online order form!
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Food Service Employment
Forest Hills Public Schools is looking for qualified employees to serve as school nutrition professionals! If you are a reliable and trustworthy person that would like to serve the students and staff of the district on a full or part-time basis, please consider applying for a food service position. You can start your online application and view our available positions on TalentEd, and visit the Human Resources homepage for more information.
Consider the benefits of joining the food service team:
- Work the same schedule as your children – summers, nights and weekends off
- Paid time off including holidays, personal time and sick time
- Priority school of choice for out of district families
- Continued paid training, including ServSafe Manager course and certification
- Free shift meal
USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
USDA Civil Rights Complaint Link: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf
Forest Hills Public Schools is proud to partner with Chartwells K12 to serve up happy and healthy meals!