TCAPS Food & Nutrition Services
Food & Nutrition Services
Welcome to the Food & Nutrition Services department of the Traverse City Area Public Schools district. We are very proud of our operations and take pride in offering nutritious and delicious meals every day. We encourage input from all of our customers, so feel free to contact TCAPS Food & Nutrition Services Director Tom Freitas at 231.933.1911 with any ideas, suggestions or comments. We look forward to making your dining experience enjoyable.
The mission of TCAPS’ Food and Nutrition Services is to improve the health of students by providing flavorful and nutritious meals at an affordable cost. Our goals are to provide service to the school, to enhance the educational environment, and have a positive impact on the community.
TCAPS Wellness Policy
2018-2019 School Year News
10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms Program
News! Michigan’s innovative 10 Cents a Meal for School Kids & Farms program is continuing—and it’s expanded. Gov. Rick Snyder signed the $16.8 billion education budget on June 28, including a $575,000 line item for the 10 Cents a Meal program. Michigan Prosperity Regions 2, 4, 6, 8, and 9 are now eligible to receive 10 Cents funding. TCAPS has been approved for the State's 10 cent reimbursement for purchasing local produce pilot again this year. We received $24,400 for the 2017-18 school year and have requested $30,000 in our grant application for this year.
The 10 cents a meal program began six years ago with a local 10 county pilot in which TCAPS participated. It was started by Groundworks through community donations. That program grew to become a state-funded pilot three years ago.
TCAPS has had a farm to school program for 16 years.
New Menu System
We have introduced a new menu system that gives parents all the information they need to make sure their children are getting a nutritious meal. This system allows the customer to filter out food by allergen and monitor carbs by selection of the food chosen to eat in that day’s meal. Please download the phone application of this menu so that you have it with you at all times. Learn more at www.tcaps.net/menus.
Students to Participate in Healthy Taste Tests
We will be expanding our taste testing of healthy produce and other products to encourage student to try foods they may otherwise not try and possibly find new food that they enjoy.
Cafeteria ID Cards
All elementary buildings now have an ID card system in the cafeteria to allow students to get through the lunch line quicker and have more time to eat.
We have received a grant from the United Dairy Industry of Michigan to promote our milk sales we have received insulated milk barrels and wraps to put on our milk coolers.
Food & Nutrition Services
We will continue to look for new and nutritious foods and innovative ways to enhance our customer's dining experience.
Vending Machines Offer Healthy Alternatives
Having access to healthy food items and meals outside of the normal cafeteria operating hours just got a little bit easier. TCAPS has installed two new vending machines in the cafeteria at both Central High School and West Senior High School as part of a pilot program. The vending machines contain healthy food items that meet the same federal nutrition regulations as all other food sold in the school cafeteria. Sample items include: salads, yogurt, sandwiches, fruit, granola bars, etc.
Students and staff can purchase snack items as well as meals qualifying under the Federal Free and Reduced Price School Meals Program using either cash or their meal accounts. For students who qualify for free/reduced meals, the purchase would count towards their daily meal allowance.
Food & Nutrition Services – Green Efforts
TCAPS Food & Nutrition Services takes great pride in minimizing our environmental footprint in Traverse City. In our buildings using disposables, 95% of the plates and bowls are biodegradable. We will continue to strive for 100% biodegradable product usage. All of our buildings are contracted with a waste management company who sorts and recycles all of our waste. We are committed to the continuous greening of our schools.
Bringing Local Foods to Our Schools
TCAPS participates in the “Cultivate Michigan” program, an effort to bring more local foods to institutions. Our goal is to purchase 20% of our food products from the state of Michigan by 2020. We are currently partnering with Cherry Capital Foods, Gordon Food Service, and individual growers to achieve this goal.
Gordon Food Service also has a program focusing on local food purchases, called “Near Buy“. View listings of Michigan produced foods and products purchased by TCAPS:
Local Food Partners
TCAPS Food & Nutrition Services is proud to be working with local food vendors this year. We would like to recognize these area businesses and look forward to future partnerships.
- Aunt Millie's Bakery
- Cherry Capital Foods
- Farm to Freezer Northwest Michigan
- Food Rescue
- Louie's Meats, Inc.
- MI Farm Coop
- Prairie Farms
- Stone House Bread
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