Welcome to the lunch program for all Hudsonville and Jenison Elementaries.This information sheet will help to answer the most frequently asked questions about the lunch program that is offered in your building. Please click on a link below to view more information. 

Packed Lunch vs Order Lunch
Negative Balance
Lost of Damaged ID Card
Milk Only
How to get Lunch
Lunch Prices
Lunch Account Balance

WHAT IF I PACK A LUNCH FOR MY CHILD AND THEN THEY ORDER LUNCH AT SCHOOL?

This is really an area that needs to be addressed between parents and their children. This ordering system gives greater convenience to parents but it also allows greater freedom to children. We recommend that you talk with your child about how you would like them to use their account. If you need some help in guiding your child in this area, please call Stacey or Faith at 457-2400 and we will try to work on a solution with you.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS A NEGATIVE BALANCE?

If your child has a negative balance, you will receive a green negative balance sheet each week in their Friday folder. You will then need to pay the negative balance in order for them to continue to order lunch. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO REGULARLY CHECK YOUR CHILD’S ACCOUNT BALANCE TO ENSURE THAT THEY DO NOT HAVE A NEGATIVE BALANCE. You can call the food service office any day Monday through Friday at 457-2400 or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it to find out how much money is in your child's account. Please be sure to regularly check your child’s account balance as we have found that the older the child gets, the less likely the negative notice will get home. We will try to contact you twice via your child but if the negative balance is still not paid, you will then receive a letter in the US mail from me which will indicate that we will need to pull your child’s card if the negative balance is not paid. A reminder that this lunch system is not a charge account.

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD LOSES OR DAMAGES THE ID CARD?

Your child's teacher will let the server know when they have a lost or damaged card. You will receive one replacement card for free and there will be a $5.00 replacement fee for every card after that. Your child's card will remain at school and will follow them up to the next grade so that should help to reduce the number of lost cards.

  

HOW DOES MY CHILD RECEIVE MILK ONLY? 

Your child will need to take their yellow milk ID card to the area where they pick up the milk only. They will drop the card in the milk only drop box and the $.50 charge will be deducted by the server at the end of the lunch period. They do not need to pre-order milk.

 

HOW DOES MY CHILD GET LUNCH?

 

Each morning the teacher in your child's classroom will ask the children to indicate what item they want from the menu. Each teacher will have a method of ordering that works in their class room. The count is then sent to the kitchen at your school and that is how many items the food service employee prepares. Your child then takes his/her colored ID card down to the lunch area to pick up their food. A white card is for the W item and the blue card is for the B item. They first go through the self-serve food bar where they pick and choose which fruits and vegetables they want. Lettuce, a canned fruit and a fresh fruit are available on the food bar everyday. Your child can take as much as they want as long as they can eat everything they take. Your child will then proceed to the serving window where the server will give them the item they ordered. The child leaves their ID card with the server and at the end of the lunch period, the server scans their card and returns it to their teacher. The $2.25 charge for lunch is deducted from your child's account when the server scans their ID card. If your child does not come down for lunch, no money will be deducted from their account. Your child can go to the food bar for seconds if they have finished what they took the first time through.

 

HOW DO I ORDER LUNCH FOR MY CHILD?

Your child will have an account that is set up just for them and a white ID card and a blue ID card that is assigned only to them. The ID cards will stay at school. You will need to deposit money into your child's account in order for them to order lunch. You can put enough money in their account for one week, one month or even one semester. Please be sure that there is money in your child's account at all times.

Only if you request in writing that you would like to be notified will we send a notice home that your account is getting low. If you requested notice of this last year, you do not need to fill out a new slip unless you have a new child at the school.

You should send the money with your child in a sealed envelope with a deposit slip and the child's first and last name and teacher on the outside of the envelope. You can use one envelope and one check for more than one child but please be sure to include a deposit slip for each child so we know how much money to put in each child's account. Checks can be made out to Jenison/Hudsonville School Food Service. Money can be turned in on any day and should be to the school by 10:00 am each day. Please check with your school to see where the money is to be dropped off.

 

WHAT ARE THE LUNCH PRICES?

Elementary - $2.25 per day Secondary – Value Meal $2.50 Meal Deal $2.75  Super Meal $3.00 Students who qualify for reduced lunches - $.40 per day

Milk Only - $.50 per day

 How do I get the balance for my child's lunch account??

To inquire about the balance of your student's lunch account, please email us using this link: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.