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Food And Nutrition Services

Food and Nutrition Services Department (586) 797-1180 Fax: (586) 797-8358 Email: [email protected]

Mandy Sosnowski, Director of Food and Nutrition Services
(586) 797-1180

[email protected]

Bridgette Baldwin, Food Service Coordinator (586) 797-1180
[email protected]
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Free Meals Are Coming To An End June 30!

  • If you would still like to get free and reduced meals, you must fill out an application after July 1
  • If you are not approved for free or reduced meals, you will be required to pay for all meals for the 2022-2023 school year
  • Apply online at Utica Family Portal or 
    Enter “Utica Community Schools” and follow the prompts.  
  • Most applications are processed within two (2) working days
  • Quicker than paper!

Apply using a paper application

Meal Application Flyer

Menu Prices
Due to USDA regulations, all meals will be at no charge for the 2021-2022 school year. If you would like to purchase a second meal, the prices are as follows:
Breakfast: All Levels $1.75
Lunch:       Elementary  $2.75
Junior High  $2.90
High School $2.95

UCS Meals Are Nutritious And Delicious!

  • UCS cafeterias offer a wide variety of different food choices to meet your student's needs
  • We serve the same brand named products, like Tyson, Land-O-Lakes and Jennie-O, that you do you in your homes
  • Meals follow federal guidelines for nutrition
  • Meals include a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, low fat meat and dairy as well as low fat and fat free milk
  • To qualify for free and reduced meals students must take at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable with a meal. 
  • Breakfast meals include up to 2 grains, up to 2 fruits and a milk. Must take at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable with 2 more items to qualify. 
  • Lunch meals include a grain, meat/meat alternate, vegetable, fruit & milk. Must take 3 out of 5 with one being 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable to qualify. 
  • We watch our saturated fat and sodium levels to help support our student's health needs
  • Visit the Healthy Meals at School page to learn more about meal requirements 

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Managing Your Student's Account

  • Go to  to set up  your account
  • You will need your child’s 9-digit ID number to set it up (you can get this from the office)
  • 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 assessed a $25 fee

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!

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.  Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)        mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
            Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
            1400 Independence Avenue, SW
            Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)       fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)       email: [email protected].

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

"Hey Alexa, what's for lunch?"

UCS's School Menus are digitally accessible on all devices as well as Amazon's Alexa!

Customize, view and print all school menus by clicking here or visiting

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Click on this link for a video demo of UCS NutriSlice or watch below.

Virtual Student Meals

  • Breakfast & lunch meals are available for virtual enrolled students only.
  • Meals must be pre-ordered by Thursday the week before to ensure meal availability.
  • For August 31 pickup we will allow meal orders until August 30.
  • Meals can be ordered at
  • You will need your student's school ID number. This is available on Powerschools as well as from your school's main office.
  • We have provided a video link for you on how to order these meals.
  • You will only be able to order meals for those students in Virtual School.
  • Students attending in person learning, meals are available in their buildings during specified meal times.
  • Menus for both programs will be different so please check the menu for your student's specified school and program.
  • Meals are available for pickup at Stevenson (door 25) & Eisenhower (door 1) from 12:30-1:30pm on Mondays (Tuesdays when holidays are on Mondays) near the main offices.
  • You must park and enter the designated door to pickup these meals. There is currently no outside pickup.
  • You receive enough breakfasts and lunches to cover the school days. Non-school days are not allowed in the current program.
  • If you have questions please call our office at 586-797-1180

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.  MDE dietary Needs form.pdf
1- You must fill out a physician signed MDE Special Needs Accommodation form and send it to the Food Service office. Without this we cannot make any accommodations. Please make sure to be specific with regards to the allergy (Example: all dairy or just fluid milk intolerance, etc.) 
2-Because allergies change you MUST fill out a new form EVERY YEAR.
3- You must indicate to your child's school which days and which menu item you would like at least 48 hours in advance. We will not automatically have these available if we do not hear from parents in advance. 
4-A vegetarian and nut free options are available every day so please see regular menu.
5-Juice or water are not acceptable substitutes per USDA guidelines. At this time we have Kikkoman Soy milk as a substitute. You're welcome to send in your own milk with your child if they don't like it.
6-We will do the best we can to accommodate other requests but there may be some limitations. For questions please call our food service off at 586-797-1180

Elementary menus are available online under the Allergy Menu tab. For Secondary Allergy menu items please submit the same form and then contact Food Service at 586-797-1180 to meals

Start the day right! Come join us for breakfast!

Nutritious breakfast is available as students arrive to school. A variety of delicious food choices are available. Breakfast is free this year.  Milk is only $ .50. We look forward to serving you.

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We Want You!

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 employee, as well as continuing education courses.

Create your own hours on your terms by becoming a substitute on our 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 Kathy Conrad (586) 797-1183

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.