Food Service offices are located in Bedford High School, 8285 Jackman Rd, Temperance, MI 48182
Our Mission is not only to feed all of Bedford Public School students, but to educate them about eating healthier. We strive to make meal time a pleasant experience for your child.
A LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR
Dear Parent or Guardian of Bedford Public Schools,
Back to school is an exciting time for students and families, and we are thrilled to join you as we welcome you back to school and back to the café! Bedford Public Schools and Chartwells K12 are excited to introduce you and your student(s) to our school café full of new flavors, events, and food and wellness education that are sure to inspire a healthy and fun 2019-2020 school year!
The meal prices for 2019-2020 school year are as follows:
Elementary Lunch $2.85
Middle School Lunch $3.00
High School Lunch $3.00
For students who qualify for free or reduced meals: free students receive both Breakfast & Lunch at no cost, and reduced prices are $0.30 for Breakfast and $0.40 for Lunch.
You can complete Free and Reduced meal applications online! The link can be found on this page or you can go directly to www.lunchapp.com to fill out an application. The website walks families through the application process in simple steps. This will be available beginning August 19th. Free and Reduced paper applications also can be found in the office at your child's school or you can print one from the district's Food Service page. If you qualified for free or reduced pricing for the 2018-2019 school year, your child will remain eligible until October 11, 2019. See below for Frequently Asked Questions regarding free and reduced applications and if you qualify.
We are excited to announce that we have transitioned to a NEW cloud-based software program to handle your student's school lunch account. We are no longer utilizing MealTime; we will now be utilizing Meal Magic Cloud. We recognize that change can sound intimidating, but we assure you it will be a smooth transition and you will see the benefits of this new program! Unlike with MealTime, everything will occur in real time, so you will be able to view your deposit or student's activity within minutes of the transaction taking place! All balances and previous school year benefit information have been transferred over from your student's MealTime account.
Students may pay for meals in advance by making a deposit to their student meal accounts. We recommend doing so as it speeds up service and provides more time for your child to eat. However, cash is also accepted at the registers. Please make checks payable to Bedford Public Schools.
Meal Magic Cloud utilizes SendMoneytoSchool.com for online deposits and for parents to view their student's account information. To set up an account, you will need your child's full name, student ID number, and date of birth.
Menus are available on the Bedford NutriSlice website (link on left). You can also download the NutriSlice app on your smartphone for easy access. NutriSlice contains not only the menus, but the ingredients and nutrition info for each of your child's meals!
We realize that it is possible for your child to forget his or her lunch money on occasion. The district's policy, should this event occur, is to provide a lunch to your student and to charge the meal to their account.
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions.
Meaghan Eckler, RDN
Food Service Director
Chartwells Dining Services
FOOD SERVICE IN OUR SCHOOLS
Each elementary building offers breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served when your child gets off the bus. In most buildings, students are allowed a little extra time for breakfast. At lunch time we offer your child a choice of two entrees, two vegetables, and fruit. We offer a variety of milk.
Breakfast Times by School:
Monroe Road Elementary School: 8:10-8:35 in the café
Douglas Road Elementary School: 8:00-8:35 in the café
Jackman Road Elementary School: 8:00-8:35 in the café
JUNIOR HIGH AND HIGH SCHOOL
There is a wide variety of menu options offered to the junior high and high school students.
All meal choices are available to student on the National School Lunch and Breakfast free/reduced program.
Breakfast Time: 7:00-7:25 in the Cafe.
Bedford Food Service has implemented a computerized system for students to use for food service purchases that offers the following advantages:
System allows for parental controls to be set on an individual basis.
Assures privacy of students participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program for free or reduced meals.
Students will use a PIN or Identification card to access their accounts. Student's PIN is their student numbers that they utilize for other services in the district such as media services and computer access.
You are able to view your student’s account online, add money to their account, and apply for Free & Reduced School Meals. It not only helps speed up lines during meal service but allows you to track your student’s spending. You will need your students PIN/Student number to set up and view account information and apply money. Tip: Set a low balance notification alert in your Profile settings!
Cash or check payments are still accepted and we encourage prepayments. Please place prepayments in an envelope marked with student's name and room/grade. Prepaying helps lines move more quickly and allows students more time to eat and socialize in the dining area!
Please call the Food Service Director, Meaghan Eckler, at 734-850-6127 or Food Service Secretary, Tionya Byrne, at 734-850-6126 if you have any questions about this process.
FREE & REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEALS
Bedford Public Schools participates in the USDA National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Free or Reduced priced meals are available for those students/households that qualify. Benefits apply to both breakfast and lunch.
Please complete an application and submit for eligibility determination. Applications are available at all school building offices, or from the food service department, or can be printed using the link on the left. You can also apply online using the link on the left.
A completed application must be received at the start of each school year for students to continue to receive meal benefits granted the previous school year. Applications are accepted at any point during the year. Applications may take up to 10 (ten) days to process. All information provided is confidential and is used only for determination of meal benefits and services available for the student. Free & reduced price meal transactions by the student at the point of purchase in the cafeteria are done in a manner that protects the privacy of the participants; fellow students and food service staff at the register would not be able to tell whether or not a student receives this benefit.
Meal charging is designed to cover a situation in which parents forget to send or deposit money for breakfast or lunch. No alternate meals or ala carte items are allowed to be charged. Reminders of negative balances will be sent home with the student weekly, or parents/guardians will be notified via e-mail or phone by the Food Service office. Payment is expected within three days of receiving notification of the charge.
Bedford Public Schools will ensure that all students receive a standard meal, including those students who do not have sufficient funds in their account or in hand to cover the cost of their full meal at the time of service. Students may not charge ala carte items, only a complete lunch. Debts incurred by the inability to collect meal payment from students will be pursued by the District in an effort to recover the debt incurred. The Superintendent is authorized to further define and implement meal charging and debt collection procedures. These procedures will provide consistent directions for families. Please note that negative balances carry over from year to year. We encourage families that find themselves in a situation where they are unable to pay for meals to apply for the Free and Reduced School Meal Program. More information on that is listed above and an online application link is in the left column.
Medical Statement To Request Special Meals and/or Accommodations
A Special Dietary Needs Form is required by the USDA to be filled out if your child has any dietary restrictions. If you have any questions or concerns please contact food service department.
SUMMER FOOD SERVICE PROGRAM
Summer meals are served during the summer at select locations and times in Monroe County for kids and teens. This is open to all children 18 and younger. There is no enrollment and no cost.
For information regarding Summer Food Service Programs, please visit the Michigan Department of Education Summer Food Service Program website.