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Food Service

Food and Nutrition Services Department
(586) 797-1180
Fax: (586) 797-8358

Robert Brady, Director (586) 797-1180  
Nichol Haw, 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 to fill out free/reduced price lunch application (application is available in multiple languages at this link) and to deposit money using Visa, Mastercard and Discover card. If you are paying by cash, checks should be made out to: Utica Community Schools.

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   . Visit the 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 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.

Breakfasts & 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 $2.75 for elementary students, $2.90 for junior high students and $2.95 for high school students. Breakfast is $1.75 at all levels. Milk is 45-cents at all levels. 
For information, please feel free to e-mail us at 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 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!

Free & Reduced Price Meals

 Applying for Free & Reduced Price Meals

Enter “Utica Community Schools” and follow the prompts.   Most applications are processed within two (2) working days.

  • Apply using a paper application

Paper applications are distributed to all student households or are available at your child’s school.   Complete the application and return it to your child’s school or mail to:

Utica Community Schools
Food & Nutrition Services
11303 Greendale
Sterling Heights, MI 48312
Processing may take 7-10 working days.

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 Jenny Miccolis (586) 797-1183

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at, or at any USDA office, or call  (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

Changes for Fall 2016: 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

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 $1.75 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.