2022-2023 Food Information

Important Update from Food Services

Food service will begin posting the menus online to try and give families more information on what we are planning to serve. Please be aware that due to supply chain disruptions and food shortages we may have to unexpectedly substitute food items that are posted on the menu. These substitutions could change the allergies listed on the online menu. We recommend that parents or the students with allergies check with the kitchen staff daily. Changes will occasionally occur and we want to ensure that all students with allergies are kept safe. Our staff will also continue to monitor all students known to have allergies. 

TCAPS Announces Sponsorship of The Summer Food Service Program for Children

Free meals will be made available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled that is recognized by a State or local public educational agency. The meals will be provided without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided at the site listed below, Monday-Thursday from June 27th through August 11th: 


  • Traverse Heights Elementary School
    933 Rose Street
    Traverse City MI 49686

    Breakfast: 8:00am-8:45am
    Lunch: 11:50am-12:50p

*Closed July 4th & July 5th

If you will be traveling this summer, please use the Meet Up and Eat Up Site Locator to find a meal location nearby.


 Add money to your student’s lunch account


Now Hiring

Would you like a fun and well paying job that aligns with your children's school hours?  Food Service is in critical need of additional staff and we would love to have you on our team. The schedule allows you to be at all of your children's school events and to be off on holidays and snow days with your children. If that sounds like something that would work for you,  please fill out an application at https://www.tcaps.net/jobs/ .


For Students Who Require Special Diets or Meal Accommodations

For students who require special diets or meal accommodations, please fill out this PDF Documentform and return it to your school's main office. 

Apply Today for Free & Reduced Meals 

 Applications should be completed each year; these applications are also used for several other grant programs in TCAPS. In addition, students who qualify for free and reduced meals also qualify for college application fee waivers and SAT/ACT fee waivers. So please submit your Free & Reduced Meals Application here.

Food Assistance Guide

View PDF DocumentA Guide to Food Assistance and Eating Local for information on local pantries, food assistance programs, and more.

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 Central 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.  View a tutorial on how to use the machines: