2023-2024 Food Information
2023-24 Important Food Service Update
Traverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) proudly offers healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch meals to our students every school day in all of our buildings. Our children need these healthy meals to fuel their daily learning. This year, we are pleased to announce that all TCAPS students will receive free breakfast and lunch each school day, due to new State of Michigan legislation.
Even though all students will receive free meals, we kindly request that all TCAPS families complete a free and reduced meal application or the CEP Education Benefits form, for Blair and Traverse Heights students.
This request is critical as the information obtained from these applications allows TCAPS to apply for grants and state and federal funds for programs that support all students. These programs are essential to TCAPS ability to continue offering all students a world-class education. Completing this form also will help reduce the amount of paid meals that the State of Michigan would have to cover by identifying more students who are eligible for the free and reduced meals program. Our hope is that reducing the costs for the State of Michigan would result in a long-term free meal program for public school students.
Completing this application is vital to district funding. Please complete the application online at traversecity.familyportal.cloud. You can also print and deliver the application (found below) to your school or mail it to:
TCAPS Food Service
1180 Cass Road,
Traverse City, Michigan 49685
If you have additional questions, contact TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services at 231-933-1910.
TCAPS Food Service is Now Hiring!
Would you like a well paying job where you can work while your children are in school and be off when they are out of school?
Snow days, No Problem. Attending your child's sporting events and other after school activities, No Problem. Enjoying all of the holidays with your family and no job responsibilities. No problem. Summers with your family. No Problem. Please go to the TCAPS employment page and join our food service team.
Other News & Updates
Starting with the 2023-24 school year TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services would like to welcome our new registered dietitian team, Pisanick Partners. They will be happy to help our families with any nutrition and dietetic questions you may have. Families can contact them at (440)-922-6770 or Support@ppllc.info.
• Menu Information
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.
• Meatless Options and Salad Bars
TCAPS Food Service will offer meatless meal options every day in all buildings. This could change on some days due to food supply challenges. TCAPS will also continue to offer all-you-can-eat salad bars in all buildings. At WSH and CHS, we will also continue to offer the all-you-can-eat hot veggie bars.
We hope all students will join us each day for breakfast and lunch to enjoy delicious and nutritious meals that provide fuel for the day's activities.
• Food Service Fact
TCAPS Food Service offers Michigan produce in our meals, somewhere in our district, nearly every school day of every school year.
• TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services Suggestion Box
Please leave your suggestions for TCAPS Food and Nutrition Services here. Any suggestions submitted to this suggestion box will be considered in our planning to ensure continuous improvements in all of our day to day services and operations. Your responses are anonymous so we cannot respond back to these suggestions. We simply want to use your input to help guide us in our decisions.
For Students Who Require Special Diets or Meal Accommodations
For students who require special diets or meal accommodations, please fill out this form and return it to your school's main office.
Food Assistance Guide
View A Guide to Food Assistance and Eating Local for information on local pantries, food assistance programs, and more.
Manage Your Child's Lunch Account
Although meals (including a milk or juice) are now free for all students, milk, juice, and additional items are available to purchase for students who bring a lunch.
New 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 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: