Food Services

Meet Up and Eat Up: Healthy food to fuel your summer.Summer Food Service Program

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.

Printable Flyer with Dates & Locations

Monday, Wednesday, Friday 
July 1st - August 28th 
10:00 am - Noon

at 3 locations:

FERNDALE HIGH SCHOOL

881 Pinecrest Dr., Ferndale

UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL

2521 Bermuda St., Ferndale

ROYAL OAK TOWNSHIP COMMUNITY CENTER

21272 Mendota Ave, Ferndale


 

Summer Food Schedule

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Food Service provided by Chartwells logo


 

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

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.

Additional Food Security Resources

Free Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Boxes

Thursdays 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
St David’s Episcopal Church
16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076

In conjunction with Lighthouse, St. David's will be distributing 20 lb boxes of fresh produce every Thursday through August. Boxes will contain potatoes, onions, celery, carrots, cabbage, apples and strawberries. The hours of the distribution are Thursdays,  9:30 am – 1:00 pm. The church is located at 16200 12 Mile Rd, Southfield, MI 48076.

View or Community Resources Page for more »

Free/Reduced Meals FAQ

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 2019-20

Household size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

23,107

1,926

445

2

31,284

2,607

602

3

39,461

3,289

759

4

47,638

3,970

917

5

55,815

4,652

1,074

6

63,992

5,333

1,231

7

72,169

6,015

1,388

8

80,346

6,692

1,546

Each additional person:

8,177

682

158

 

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 Dina Rocheleau (248) 856-8700, dina.rocheleau@ferndaleschools.org, Homeless liaison, 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:
Carrie Hall
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 Carrie Hall at carrie.hall@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. Visit mistar.oakland.k12.mi.us/Ferndale/FSOnline/Main/Login to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Contact Carrie Hall (248) 586-8703, carrie.hall@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 10/15/2018. 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 Carrie Hall (248) 586-8703, carrie.hall@ferndaleschools.org to receive a second application.

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.

Federal Income Eligibility Chart for School Year 2019-20

Household size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

23,107

1,926

445

2

31,284

2,607

602

3

39,461

3,289

759

4

47,638

3,970

917

5

55,815

4,652

1,074

6

63,992

5,333

1,231

7

72,169

6,015

1,388

8

80,346

6,692

1,546

Each additional person:

8,177

682

158

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 »

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.

PDF DocumentLunch Payment Procedure


 

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