Food Service

Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) Department: 586.797.1180
Robert Brady, Director: 586.797.1180
Linda Burk, Coordinator: 586.797.1184
Jenny Miccolis, Quality Control Manager: 586.797.1183

Information about School Meals
Children know what foods they like and which they don’t. At home or at school, it can be a struggle to get your child to eat what you know they need. In UCS cafeterias, students will find food combinations that incorporate quality ingredients and foods they recognize. Meals feature the new stricter federal meal requirements that were in the news recently. These requirements include increased portions of colorful vegetables and fruit, more healthy whole grains and lower fat entrees. Balanced meals filled with vitamins and nutrients that support good health and learning. Visit the Healthy Meals at School page to learn more about meal requirements. 

The Food and Nutrition Services Department administers the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program, along with a host of other food-related services for students and staff. For parents there are many services to make purchasing meals easy. Visit the School Meals Computer System page to learn more about Lunchapp.com to fill out free/reduced price lunch application (application is available in multiple languages at this link) and sendmoneytoschool.com to deposit money using Visa, Mastercard and Discover card. If you are paying by cash, checks should be made out to: Utica Community Schools.

Sendmoneytoschool.com: Low Balance Email Alerts
In addition to meal account balances, deposit history, and account activity; including your student’s meal or snack selections, parents may now sign-up for low-balance email alerts through the sendmoneytoschool.com website!     Parents can designate a minimum account balance and will be notified by email when their student’s account balance goes below that level.   Sign-up today!

Join the substitute FNS team:
If you’re looking for extra cash but want to be home when your children are, consider employment opportunities within the Food and Nutrition Services Department. A comprehensive Manager Certified training program is provided to each and every FNS employee, as well as continuing education courses.

Create your own hours on your terms by becoming a substitute on the FNS team. Substitutes may work 2-3 hours a day, usually from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. You must be available to work three or more days a week. Permanent staff is hired directly from the substitute list. To apply, call Linda Burk today at 586.797.1184. 

 

Changes for Fall, 2014
UCS applies new guidelines making school meals more nutritious:
Utica Community Schools Food and Nutrition Services welcomed students back this year with healthier meals that meet new federal food guidelines designed to provide nutrition children need to do their best in school. UCS school meals will continue to offer students milk, grains, proteins and fruits and vegetables, while appropriately restricting saturated fat and portion size. As the new guidelines are phased in, menu changes will also include:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits for elementary, junior high and high school students
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
  • More dark green and orange/yellow vegetables; less starchy vegetables
  • More servings of beans and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk; flavored milk only in fat-free
  • More whole grains
  • Gradual sodium reduction toward the goal of 740 mg on average per meal

For information, please feel free to e-mail us at foodservice@uticak12.org

 

Lunch Menu

 

Here’s the lunch to munch in Utica Community Schools!

Whether it’s a simple snack to supplement your child’s brown bag selection or a full meal, students in the Utica Community Schools are offered both delicious and nutritious items.

Available in the Download Box on the right are PDF documents which contain our monthly menus at a glance. If you wish, click on the highlighted link for a printable copy, suitable for posting on any family refrigerator or bulletin board.

Carbohydrate information is now available under the menu section. 

Please review this site often for the latest menu updates.

UCS applies new guidelines making school lunches more nutritious
Utica Community Schools Food Service welcomed students back this year with healthier meals that meet new federal food guidelines designed to provide nutrition children need to do their best in school. UCS school meals will continue to offer students milk, grains, proteins and fruits and vegetables, while appropriately restricting saturated fat and portion size. As the new guidelines are phased in, menu changes will also include:

  • Age-appropriate calorie limits for elementary, middle and high school students
  • Larger servings of vegetables and fruits
  • More dark green and orange/yellow vegetables; less starchy vegetables
  • More servings of beans and legumes
  • Fat-free or 1% milk; flavored milk only in fat-free
  • More whole grains
  • Gradual sodium reduction toward the goal of 740 mg on average per meal


Breakfast Options
Attention students at: Ford, Stevenson, Utica High, Advance Path, Bemis, Davis, Eppler, Heritage, Jeannette, Browning, Burr, Collins, DeKeyser, Dresden, Flickinger, Graebner, Harvey, Havel, Monfort, Oakbrook, Plumbrook, Roberts, Schuchard, Schwarzkoff, W. Utica and Wiley.

Start the day right!
Come join us for breakfast.  Nutritious breakfast is available as students arrive to school.  A variety of food choices are available.  Breakfast cost (including milk) is $1.40 for paid students, $ .30 cents for qualifying students and free for students with an approved application.  Milk is only $.45.  We look forward to serving you.

For information, please feel free to e-mail us at foodservice@uticak12.org.

 

Computerized Cash Register System

Lunch – Break from the Old and into the New!
The UCS Food & Nutrition Services Department is making it easier than ever for you to ensure your child is covered when it comes to meals. Computerized online systems provide fast and easy service for the more than 28,000 students within the district.
 
Meal Applications – Visit Lunchapp.com to learn more about free/reduced lunch programs providing meals at no cost or a reduced rate of 40-cents per day. Applications can be filled out online.   On-line applications are typically processed in about half the time of a paper application.  Paper applications can be obtained and returned to any school office. Only one application is needed per family. (Preschoolers should not be placed on the application as students, since they do not have an ID number yet. Include preschooler in the family member section of the application.) Remember to allow two weeks to complete the paper application process.
The on-line lunch account provides more convenience in managing your child’s account! Sign up today! You’ll find online services are the most convenient way to manage your child’s lunch account. 

On-Line Deposits and Account Management - Every parent will want to consider setting up an on-line account to manage and monitor their student’s meal activity through sendmoneytoschool.com.     Visit the sendmoneytoschool.com website to set up your account – you will need your child’s 9-digit ID number to apply. If you do not have the number on hand, contact the school office. Once your sendmoneytoschool account is set up, you can access student meal accounts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to view account balances, deposit histories, or your child’s meal or snack selections free of charge. You can also make deposits to your child’s cafeteria account using Visa, MasterCard or Discover. (A bank service fee of $1.50 will be charged to your credit card.) Online deposits of $50 or more to a single student account will receive a $2 credit to their account.

Lunches may still be purchased with cash or check; however amounts of $20 or more are recommended.   Checks should be made to Utica Community Schools Food Service Department. Checks returned for Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) will be accessed a $25 fee.
Full lunches are $2.50 for elementary students,  $2.75 for junior high students and $2.80 for high school students.  Milk is 45-cents at all levels.
For information, please feel free to e-mail us at foodservice@uticak12.org.

Sendmoneytoschool.com: Low Balance Email Alerts
Parents may now sign-up for low-balance email alerts through the sendmoneytoschool.com website!     Parents can designate a minimum account balance and will be notified by email when their student’s account balance goes below that level.   

 

Healthy Meals at School

The federal government has enacted the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  This legislation is makes adjustments to nutritional requirements for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. 

While much of the information is still being communicated to schools, U.C.S. food service department is working forward to implementing the new requirements.  

Highlighted below is a general summary of changes you will see on the plate:

  • Larger portions of vegetables and fruits 
  • More whole grains
  • Leaner entrees with reduced sodium
  • More servings of beans & legumes
  • More dark green leafy vegetables and orange & yellow vegetables
  • Less starchy vegetables served
  • Meal Selection change – A school lunch meal has 5 meal components.  Students may take all 5 or they may decline 1-2 meal components, however 1 fruit or vegetable must be selected to be considered a lunch.  

Parents, we're in this together……    Please talk to your child about nutrition and encourage them to select and eat a variety of foods each day. Healthy habits are learned and last a lifetime. Please contact the Food Service office with questions or concerns 586-797-1180.

 Thank you for your business.

For information, please feel free to e-mail us at foodservice@uticak12.org.

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