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

Mandy Sosnowski, Director of Food and Nutrition Services (586) 797-1180
Nichol Haw, Coordinator (586) 797-1184 
Jenny Miccolis, Quality Control Manager (586) 797-1183

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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.

New Meal Charge Policy 

When a student meal charge creates a negative balance, prompt repayment is expected. To bring the meal account up to date, families can make deposits online, send cash or check to school with the student’s full name on the memo line (checks made payable to Utica Community Schools). By establishing an account through the food service link on the district website, families/parents can monitor balances and receive low balance email alerts on their students’ account. Students who pay for meals may only charge (have a negative account balance) up to five (5) meals (breakfast and/or lunch).  If a student has a zero or negative account balance, they will not be allowed to make any a la carte or beverage purchases.  After the fifth charge occurrence, students will not be able to make purchases of any kind in the cafeteria using their meal accounts. Instead students will be offered a regular meal (alternate meal).

Alternate meals are provided at no charge and include all the components federally required to qualify for a reimbursable meal.  Alternate meals will continue to be offered while the negative balance is being resolved.

For elementary school households, auto-messages from the school regarding negative/low balances are initiated weekly each Thursday (by email if provided or letter sent home).  

When an account balance is low or negative, cashiers will share that information with the student, in a respectful age-appropriate manner.

Allergens Form

We take food allergies and student safety very seriously. If your student has any food allergies please have your physician fill out the MDE Dietary Needs Form and return it to the food service office. We are happy to work with parents and students to help accommodate your needs. For questions about food allergies and menu selections please call our office at 586-797-1180.  MDE dietary Needs form.pdf

UCS Meals Are Delicious and 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. Our menus reflect the following:

  •  Age-appropriate calorie limits for elementary, junior high and high school students 
  • A variety of vegetables, including legumes, leafy greens, brilliant orange and yellow vegetables and other student favorites
  • Lean protein such as turkey, beef, chicken, yogurt and low fat cheeses 
  • Fat-free or 1% milk; flavored milk only in fat-free
  • Whole grain items, such as cereal, pasta  and bread
  • Level 1 sodium target 

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.