2020 will begin ALL VIRTUAL. In-person Learning Labs will be available for students Mon-Thurs.

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Food Service for Students

Contactless Breakfast and Lunch Pickup

The district will have one point of pickup for meals for all students not participating in a learning lab. Meals will be available Monday and Thursday from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm at Ferndale High School.

  • Monday Pickup: Three days of meals will be available on Monday, for Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
  • Thursday Pickup: Four days of meals will be available on Thursday, for Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Pick-Up Locationfms entrance

Ferndale Middle School
North Entrance
725 Pinecrest Dr.
Ferndale, MI 48220

Meals can be picked up by a parent but they are only available for Ferndale Public Schools’ students. When the meals are picked up, the student’s meal account will be charged. Breakfast will be free to all students, but we will still need to record the students that are selecting to take a breakfast. Please be prepared to provide your student’s name, school, and student ID number at the curbside pick-up location.

Meals include Breakfast, Lunch, and Milk. Vegetarian options are available upon request.

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PDF DocumentDrive-Up Meal Pick-up Flyer - PDF Document

Questions?

Please call the Food Service Office at (248) 586-8703 with questions.

Meal Pickup will be on the North entrance to FMS, off Marshall St.

Learning Support Labs

During this challenging time, we will be providing meals at no charge to any student’s accounts. Please see your school section below for more details.

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FECC

Learning lab children will have the opportunity to receive a meal and a snack at close of each learning lab session on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The group attending at 9AM-11AM will receive a breakfast and snack. The group attending at 12PM-2PM will receive a lunch and snack. Service times will be approximately 10:45-11:15 and 1:45PM-2:15PM.

Weekend & Virtual Learning Days Meals

If meals are needed for virtual learning days and the weekends, they may be picked up at the Contactless Pick-Up location (Ferndale Middle School, north side) on Mondays and Thursdays 9AM-12PM.


Elementary

Breakfast

Breakfast will be available from 8:15 am to 8:45 am. After entering the building and going through the health check point, students will be able to pick up a bagged breakfast to take to the lab.

Breakfast will be free to all students but we will still need to record the students that are selecting to take a breakfast.

Lunch

As the students exit the learning lab for the day, they will be able to pick up a bagged lunch to take home with them.

Weekend & Virtual Learning Day Meals

If meals are needed for virtual learning days and the weekends, they may be picked up at the Contactless Pick-Up location (Ferndale Middle School, north side) on Mondays and Thursdays 9AM-12PM.


Secondary

Breakfast

Breakfast will be available from 9:15 am to 10:00 am. After entering the building and going through the health check point, students will be able to pick up a bagged breakfast to take to the lab.

Breakfast will be free to all students but we will still need to record the students that are selecting to take a breakfast.

Lunch

Lunch will be served from 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm. Middle School students will be able to pick-up a bag lunch in the cafeteria. High School Students will be able to pick-up a bag lunch from a food cart set up in the commons area.

Dinner(UHS only)

Dinner will be served at the end of the learning labs from 2:00 pm to 2:30 pm. We do not yet have all information related to this program, but will update the plan shortly.


TCEC

Breakfast

Breakfast will be available from 9:45 am to 10:15 am. After entering the building and going through the health check point, students will be able to pick up a bagged breakfast to take to the lab.

Breakfast will be free to all students but we will still need to record the students that are selecting to take a breakfast.

Lunch

As the students exit the learning lab for the day they will be able to pick up a bagged lunch to take home with them. On Thursday the student will be able to pick up a breakfast and lunch for Friday as well.

Weekend & Virtual Learning Day Meals

If meals are needed for virtual learning days and the weekends, they may be picked up at the Contactless Pick-Up location (Ferndale Middle School, north side) on Mondays and Thursdays 9AM-12PM.


Special Education

Special Education students will receive their breakfast and/or lunch in their classroom. A Food Service worker will bring the bagged meals to their classroom.

Breakfast will be free to all students but we will still need to record the students that are selecting to take a breakfast.

Weekend & Virtual Learning Day Meals

f meals are needed for virtual learning days and the weekends, they may be picked up at the Contactless Pick-Up location (Ferndale Middle School, north side) on Mondays and Thursdays 9AM-12PM.

Free/Reduced Price Meals Program

Children need healthy meals to learn. Ferndale School District offers healthy meals every school day. During this challenging time, we will be providing meals at no charge to student accounts. However, our At Risk funding is tied to financial data received from Free/Reduced Meals applications. It is important to continue to file your application, especially if your circumstances have changed due to COVID-19 or any other circumstances. The MiSTAR application link and the Printable Packet below includesan application for free or reduced-price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

Forms & Documents

MiSTAR

External LinkFree/Reduced Meals Form
PDF DocumentFree/Reduced Meals MiSTAR INSTRUCTIONS

Print & Mail

PDF DocumentPrintable Free/Reduced Meals Form

Free/Reduced Meals Frequently Asked Questions (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 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. Visit mistar.oakland.k12.mi.us/Ferndale/FSOnline/Main/Login to begin or to learn more about the online application process. 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.

District Wellness Committee

The district wellness committee will be hosting the following meetings virtually:

  • Sept 22nd-3:30PM
  • Dec 8th-3:30PM
  • Feb 23rd-3:30PM
  • Apr 13th-3:30PM

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