Ferndale Schools is a proud participant in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). 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.
TUESDAY & FRIDAY
June 15th - August 27th
10:00 am - Noon
FERNDALE HIGH SCHOOL
881 Pinecrest Dr., Ferndale, MI 48220
Chartwells is excited to share the April enrichment calendar with you! Every day features two links:
- Elementary student activity in green
- 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.
Food Service provided by
District Wellness Committee Meetings
The district wellness committee will be hosting the following meeting virtually:
- Apr 13th-3:30PM
If anyone is interested in attending, they can contact email@example.com for the virtual meeting invitation.
Summer Food Disclaimer
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
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary
for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Free Breakfast and Lunch Available During Closure - Until June 30th
- All children are welcome
We continue to serve all members of our community in need of food assistance with curbside meal pick-up at 3 locations across the district: FHS, UHS & Ferndale Upper Elementary from 10 am to Noon.
2-Day Service for the Full Week
Free food for children under 18 is available for pick-up onTuesday and Friday. Children will receive multiple meals on each day (3 days of meals on Tuesday, 4 days of meals on Friday.) All meals will be pre-packaged.
This allows us to limit , and better control, the amount of time and social interaction of our workers and also protect the families that are picking up curbside. Pre-packaged meals also allow us to serve a better variety and help families to feel better about the safety of the food.
School Lunch Prices
Elementary - $3.00
Secondary - $3.25
From the Board of Education:
Each year, the district is required to fill out the School Year Price Adjustment Calculator. The Price Adjustment Calculator determines the weighted average price based on the current price of school lunches multiplied by the number of lunches served. The average price is then compared to the Weighted Average Price Requirement to determine if the school lunch price must be increased. For the 2018-19 year the district was able to use the one year exemption (if your School Service Fund has a positive fund balance) and not raise the price. The lunch prices were last raised in the 2013-2014 School year, Elementary and Secondary lunch prices were each raised by $0.25.
Based on the adjustment calculation the district is required to raise the price of lunches by $0.13. The lunch price would be $2.88 at the Elementary level and $3.13 at the Secondary level. We recommend that the School lunch be increased from $2.75 at the Elementary level to $3.00 and at the Secondary level from $3.00 to $3.25. While this is above the required increase, it will allow the district to maintain a stable price for a few years and not have to increase the price yearly.
Free/Reduced Meals FAQ
WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
- 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.
- Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
- Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
- Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
- 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.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:
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 email@example.com, (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, firstname.lastname@example.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:
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 email@example.com 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.
Free & Reduced Lunch Guidelines
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.
As of 2016, We ask that all families fill out the Free/Reduced Lunch Form online through MiSTAR. Instructions are provided below.
Account Balance RoboCalls
Effective Monday, December 18th, 2017 the district will begin sending automated phone messages when your student’s balance falls below $5.00. Outstanding balances can be paid by logging into your student’s MiStar account or by cash or check.
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