HOT LUNCH

2017-18 School Meal Prices

Elementary School Middle School High School
Lunch $2.50 $2.55 $2.75
Milk $.50 $.50 $.50

If you have any questions regarding any of the hot lunch programs please contact:

Nancy McCarthy
Holland Christian Schools
Food Services Director
950 Ottawa Ave.
Holland, MI  49423
(616) 820-2939
nmccarthy@hollandchristian.org

/ Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Free and Reduced-price meal benefits are available from the federal government. Applications are available at lunchapp.com, you may pick up an application at your child’s school office, or contact Food Service at (616) 820-2934 and we will confidentially mail you an application.

Questions: Please contact Sue Lambers at (616) 820-2934 or slambers@hollandchristian.org.

/MORE INFORMATION

Meal Magic Account System

The Meal Magic Student Account System

  • Designed like a debit account, it eliminates the need for students to carry cash to school.
  • Allows you to deposit money to a student account for use on any day, eliminating the morning lunch money hassle.
  • Simple, convenient, and designed to improve our services.
  • Improves the speed of our lunch lines, giving students more time to eat.
  • Protects the identity and privacy of students receiving meal benefits.

How do students receive meals?

At the elementary schools, students will sign up for hot lunch at the beginning of the day. At the serving line during lunch, they will receive their selection and proceed to the cashier. On the computer screen, student photos will be displayed by classroom. The cashier will touch the photo on the screen to debit the meal from the account.

At the middle and high schools, students will enter the last six digits of their Student ID on a pin pad at the cashier to access their accounts. Student photos will appear on the screen to prevent students from being misidentified. Students receiving free or reduced-price meals will use the same procedure, and there will be no indication on the screen that the student is receiving a free or reduced-price lunch.

SendMoneyToSchool.com

Provided by Meal Magic Corporation, SendMoneyToSchool.com is used in many school districts in Michigan and other states. It provides a safe, secure and convenient way to make deposits to student meal accounts. Please note that SendMoneyToSchool.com does charge a nominal convenience fee for deposits made with a credit/debit card. It does not charge a fee when using your checking account. Please be sure that your routing and checking account numbers are entered accurately. No fees are charged for checks or cash sent to schools for deposits made to accounts. Holland Christian does not receive any portion of this fee. We are providing this service for your convenience.

Deposits can be made at any time and there is no need to indicate which days your student will be eating. You may make deposits online or send a check or money order to school. There is no fee for check or cash deposits made at school or by mail.

To view your student’s account balance, history, or to make an online deposit, you must first set up an account at SendMoneyToSchool.com

To Create an Account:

  1. Go to SendMoneyToSchool.com.
  2. Click on the “Sign Up” link in the account menu on the left tab.
  3. Select Michigan and Holland Christian Schools.
  4. Read the terms and conditions. If you agree, click the “I Agree” button.
  5. Enter your e-mail address.
  6. Enter your billing information.
  7. Click the “Add Student to Request” button.
  8. Enter your student’s ID number in the box located next to the “Add Student” button towards the bottom of the page.
  9. Click the “Add Student” button.
  10. Repeat steps 7-9 until all your students are entered.
  11. Click the “Next” button.
  12. Review your information.
  13. Click the “Send Request” button.

Once your student’s ID numbers are validated, you will receive an e-mail with your account password. Keep your password safe and available. Your password is case sensitive and must be entered as shown in the e-mail. No one at Meal Magic Corporation or Holland Christian has access to your password. If you forget it, you will need to click on the “Request New Password” link at SendMoneyToSchool.com.

Making a Deposit:

  1. Go to SendMoneyToSchool.com
  2. Click on the “Log In” link in the account menu on the left tab.
  3. Enter your user name (this is the e-mail address you used to create the account).
  4. Enter your password that was e-mailed to you.
  5. Click the “Make a Deposit” link in the deposit menu.
  6. Enter the amount you wish to deposit into each student’s account.
  7. Click the “Next” button.
  8. Enter your credit card or debit card information.
  9. Click the “Next” button”
  10. Confirm the deposit. (In most cases, the deposit should be available for use within 15 minutes.)
Free & Reduced Application

Over 30 million students participate in the National School Lunch Program every day. Over 50% receive free meals.

Free and Reduced-price meal benefits are available from the federal government. Applications are available online at www.LunchApp.com, you may pick up an application at your child’s school office or contact Food Service at (616) 820-2934 and we will confidentially mail you an application.

Please contact Sue Lambers with questions at slambers@hollandchristian.org.

Please note:

If your child received free or reduced-price meals in our school district last year, you must re-apply before September 30, 2016 to be eligible for continued benefits. Please complete and return your new application as soon as possible to avoid interruption in service for your child. Applications from the 2015-16 school year expire on September 30, 2016. If you are new to the Holland Christian School system, you are not eligible until a new application is approved in our school district.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still send a check to school?
Absolutely. Meal deposits may be sent to school with your student in an envelope. Please label the envelope to Food Services and include the student’s first and last name, teacher’s name, and building. Envelopes may be dropped off in the school office. At the Middle & High Schools, checks can be accepted at the cash register.

If you prefer, your deposit can be mailed to:
Holland Christian Food Services
950 Ottawa Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Checks payable to Holland Christian Schools are accepted. Please include your student’s first and last name on the check. A $10 fee will be assessed for all returned checks.

If I send a check, when will it be available?
Generally checks received before 9:30 a.m. are credited to the account on the day they are received. Checks received in line at the middle and high schools are credited immediately.

Can I send one check for all my students?
Yes. We have the ability to make family deposits. However, all student accounts are individual. Please indicate how much you want deposited to each student account.

How will I know when the account is getting low on funds?
You can monitor accounts online. Follow the link to SendMoneyToSchool.com and after creating an account and receiving your password, you can log on and view account balances and history. Click the “View History” link next to the student’s name. To view another history click the “Student List” link in the account menu. There is no charge to view your student’s account history or balance.

May students charge lunches to other students’ accounts?
No. Due to the federally regulated child nutrition program, balances are not allowed to be transferred to other students.

What if I do not have access to the internet?
We are happy to assist you in maintaining your student’s account. For elementary students, please contact the school and we will place you on a list to receive reminder slips to be sent home with your student. Once per week the reminder slips will be sent home if the account reaches a balance of $6 or less. At the middle and high schools, cashiers will make every effort to alert students when account balances are getting low. Students may also check their balances as they make their purchases.

Can I call to get my student’s balance?
The HC Food Service Department is happy to assist you. Please contact the individual school cafeteria for more information on account balances. You may also call the Hot Lunch office at (616) 820-2934. As our priority is student service, we may not be able to take your call during lunch. Please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

What happens if a student account is $0 or less?
We cannot provide credit. However, we will allow a 3 meal grace period if a student account is otherwise in good standing. Only a qualifying federal meal will be provided and the price will be deducted from the account. If we do not receive a deposit during the grace period, an alternate meal may be provided.

May I get a refund from my child’s account?
We are happy to transfer funds between your children’s accounts. All lunch balances are carried over to the following school year.  We urge all families and senior year students to monitor their lunch balances beginning in April to avoid leaving an excess balance on their account. There is no fee to register at SendMoneyToSchool.com to access your child’s account usage and balances. Unfortunately, we do not refund hot lunch balances.

What are the school meal patterns?
The USDA regulates the school meal patterns and specifies the size of each portion. A school lunch must include five components as determined by the federal regulations. The five lunch components include a meat/meat alternative, one serving of bread/grain, vegetable, fruit, and fluid milk. At least 11 bread/grain servings must be offered each school week.

What is a meat alternative?
A meat alternative is a non-meat complete protein, such as cheese, yogurt, nuts, or soybean products.

What is Offer vs. Serve?
Offer vs. Serve is a concept that was adopted by Congress in 1975 to permit students a choice in selecting the food they prefer, and reducing food waste in schools. Under this concept, a student is offered all five meal components for lunch, but must choose at least three quality choices for the meal price.

Are school meals nutritious?
At least once every five years the Michigan Department of Education is required to conduct a nutrition review to determine that the school district is meeting the nutrition standards set by the USDA. Our menus are designed to meet or exceed the nutrient standards for calories, calcium, iron, Vitamin A & C, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and dietary fiber.