Food Services

Chartwells is excited to share the enrichment calendar with you! Every day  features two links:

  1. Elementary student activity in green
  2. Secondary student activity in orange

These activities are a part of the after school meals program. QR codes with these same links are being placed in the actual meal bags for parents and students to easily access daily enrichment activites. Click the link or the image to view or download the calendar.

PDF DocumentNutrition Enrichment Calendar

For the 2021-2022 school year, Ferndale Schools is participating in the Seamless Schools Option, and all students will receive a free breakfast and lunch.

Free Reduced Lunch Application

Not Completing the Free/Reduced Form May Effect Eligibility for Other Assistance Programs


Families that may be eligible for free or reduced meals status are required to fill out a new application form as soon as possible to maintain eligibility for other assistance programs. Data gathered with this form influences several other federal and state funding sources, as well as many pandemic aid programs. Applications and eligibility guidelines are available online at ferndaleschools.org/freelunch or in the school office. Only one application per family is required.

Income Eligibility Table 

Online

Free/Reduced Lunch Web Form -MiSTAR  External Link
MiSTAR Application Instructions PDF Document

Print

Printable Free/Reduced Lunch Form PDF Document
Instructions for Free/Reduced Lunch Printable Form »

If you have any questions on the school lunch program please call 248-586-8668.

A La Carte Item Purchases

Middle School & High School Students may also purchase additional items, using their school account only. No cash, check or other payments will be accepted this year. School badges with barcode scanning capability will be the only form of payment accepted at the register. If you would like to add money to your student’s account for a la cart cafe snack items or bottled beverages, you can follow these steps:

  1. Parent/Guardian log into MiStar
    MISTAR Parent Portal
  2. Click on child
  3. Go to Cafeteria section
  4. Click on Online Food Service Payments
  5. Put the amount in the amount box
  6. Click Continue
  7. Click Checkout
  8. this will send you to Paypal, and prompts will guide you through the rest of the process.

Food Service Safety Precautions

We will have plexiglass and social distancing in place for all of our school cafeteria lines. Our food service associates will wear masks while preparing food and serving food. If there are any questions or concerns regarding COVID-19 procedures and food service, please call 248-586-8703 to speak with our Food Service Director.

Curbside Food Service Update 2021-2022 School Year

Starting on Monday, October 18th, 2021 we will begin checking a roster for virtual student enrollment in Ferndale Schools. This meal service will be intended for virtual Ferndale students only. For your convenience, extended family members or other appointed individuals may continue to pick-up the meals for the student.  Each student will receive one breakfast and one lunch per virtual school day. Monday's service will provide a five day care package for each student. Curbside will continue as regularly scheduled Monday's 8:30am-10am at Ferndale High School.

Where: Ferndale High School 881 Pinecrest Dr. Ferndale, MI 48220 (FHS bus loop along Pinecrest Dr.) You may remain in your vehicle and we will be happy to serve you.

When: 8:30AM-10AM, Mondays Starting August 30th, 2021 with exception of school calendar holidays Monday service provides meals for Monday through Friday.

What: Meals include breakfast, and lunch with milk and reheating instructions when necessary. 

Special dietary needs and allergies will be accommodated. A special diet form needs to be filed with the Chartwells Food Service Office. 

Menus can be found at FerndaleSchools.Nutrislice.com

ALL VIRTUALLY ENROLLED CHILDREN OF FERNDALE SCHOOL DISTRICT ARE WELCOME

We will continue to provide curbside meal service at FHS. This service is for families who have children enrolled virtually within our district. We will begin checking enrollment by virtual roster on Monday, October 18th, 2021.

Questions? Please call the Food Service Office| 248-586-8703

 

Food Service provided by
 


  • The FPS Wellness Committee will begin meetings for the 2021-2022 school year in the near future.
     

    Meeting Dates

    all meetings will be from 3:45-4:45 via Google Meet

  • 10/05/2021
  • 12/07/2021
  • 02/08/2022
  • 04/05/2022

If anyone is interested in attending, they can contact robyn.camblin@ferndaleschools.org for the virtual meeting invitation. 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form.

To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.

Submit your completed form or letter 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

email:

program.intake@usda.gov

fax:

(202) 690-7442

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
 

  1. All children in households receiving benefits from Food Assistance Program (FAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Family Independence Program (FIP), are eligible for free meals.
  2. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  3. Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  4. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
  5. Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.

Federal Income Eligibility Chart for School Year 2020-21

Household size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

23,606

1,968

454

2

31,894

2,658

614

3

40,182

3,349

773

4

48,470

4,040

933

5

56,758

4,730

1,092

6

65,046

5,421

1,251

7

73,334

6,112

1,411

8

81,622

6,802

1,570

Each additional person:

8,288

691

160

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?

Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Johanna Mracna (248) 856-8844, johanna.mracna@ferndaleschools.org to see if you qualify.

DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?

No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals 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. Return the completed application to:
Lindsey Torres
881 Pinecrest Dr.
Ferndale, MI 48220

SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?

No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Lindsey Torres at lindsey.torres@ferndaleschools.org, (248) 586-8703 immediately.

CAN I APPLY ONLINE?

Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Log in to the MISTAR Parent Portal to complete the online application under the School Links area. Contact Lindsey Torres (248) 586-8703, lindsey.torres@ferndaleschools.org, if you have any questions about the online application.

MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR.  DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?

Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through September 30th, 2020. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals.

I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?

Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.  Please send in an application.

WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?

Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.

IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?

Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year.  For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL’S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?

You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to:
Nancy Hoover
Business Services
(248) 586-8600
nancy.hoover@ferndaleschools.org

MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOULD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?

Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.

WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?

List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month.  If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?

Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

WE ARE IN THE MILITARY, DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?

Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?

List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Lindsey Torres (248) 586-8703 or lindsey.torres@ferndaleschools.org to receive a second application if you think you need to start over. You do not need to fill out a second application for household members who do not fit on the first page.

MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP.  ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?

To find out how to apply for Food Assistance Program (FAP) or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-855-275-6424.

Are you not sure if your students qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch? This chart will give you an idea of whether or not you will qualify. If you are still unsure, please file for benefits to make a final determination.

Federal Income Eligibility Chart for School Year 2021-22

Household size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

23,828

1,986

459

2

32,227

2,686

620

3

40,626

3,386

782

4

49,025

4,086

943

5

57,424

4,786

1,105

6

65,823

5,486

1,266

7

74,222

6,186

1,428

8

82,621

6,886

1,589

Each additional person:

8,399

700

162

Learn More About Free & Reduced Lunch » Read Our FAQ »

As of 2016, We ask that all families fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Form online through MiSTAR. Instructions are provided below.

Online

Free/Reduced Lunch Web Form -MiSTAR  External Link
MiSTAR Application Instructions PDF Document

Print

Printable Free/Reduced Lunch Form PDF Document
Instructions for Free/Reduced Lunch Printable Form »

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