Menus & Prices

Summer Meal Distribution - In-Person Pickup & Delivery Options

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, TCAPS has been able to offer meals at no cost to all children 18 or younger (or adults with disabilities under 26). This service will continue through the summer months. In addition to offering two distribution sites for in-person meal pickup, TCAPS will also offer a summer delivery option for families who are unable to utilize the pickup sites.

In-Person Pickup Locations

Meals will be available for in-person pickup at Central High School (main entrance, 1150 Milliken Dr.) and West Middle School (main entrance, 3950 Silver Lake Rd.) from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 17th and Friday, June 18th. Beginning June 21st, meals will be available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Service will continue through September 3rd. Meals will include both breakfast and lunch.

NOTE: In observance of the 4th of July holiday, meal distribution sites will not be open on Monday, July 5th. Five days' worth of meals will be distributed to families on Friday, July 2nd, to cover the extra days. Meal distribution will resume on Wednesday, July 7th. 

Request Meal Delivery Service

A weekly Friday meal delivery option will be available beginning Friday, June 18th. Deliveries will include food for breakfast and lunch for a seven day period. In order to start receiving delivery service, families must be signed up no later than 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday to begin receiving deliveries the following Friday. New requests made after the deadline will not receive delivery until the next available Friday delivery.

PLEASE NOTE: Someone must be available to accept the meal delivery. We are unable to leave meals at the door. If you miss your delivery time, service will be offered the following week. To sign up, please complete the Google Formssummer meal delivery request form. You will be contacted with specific delivery time and location information. You will remain on the weekly delivery list until you request to be removed or the summer delivery program ends on August 27th. To end service at any time, please call 231.933.1933.

Meet Up and Eat Up Locator

 

To find other summer meal locations, visit the External LinkMichigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site locator. The SFSP was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs. Use the SFSP site locator to find a SFSP site near you.

Meet Up and Eat Up Locator

 

To find other summer meal locations, visit the External LinkMichigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) site locator. The SFSP was created to ensure that children in lower-income areas could continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations, when they do not have access to the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs. Use the SFSP site locator to find a SFSP site near you.

 

For Students Who Require Special Diets or Meal Accommodations

For students who require special diets or meal accommodations, please contact the school you will be picking up from so they can order the food required. Please fill out this PDF Documentform and return it to your pick up area so that we can legally substitute the needed food for the student's allergies.

**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.

2020 Food Assistance Guide

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

2020-2021 Meal Prices

Hot breakfast and lunch is prepared and served on site daily. Fresh high quality foods and a wide variety of healthy choices are offered. All TCAPS’ schools offer breakfast and lunch options.

Elementary School Prices

Middle and High School Prices

Student Breakfast – $1.50 Student Breakfast – $1.75
Adult Breakfast – $2.35 Adult Breakfast – $2.35
Reduced Breakfast Price - $.30 Reduced Breakfast Price - $.30
Student Lunch – $2.85 Middle School Student Lunch – $3.05
Adult Lunch – $3.85 High School Student Lunch - $3.25
Reduced Lunch Price - $.40 Adult Lunch – $3.85
Milk Price – $.50 Reduced Lunch Price - $.40
  Milk Price – $.50

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

My School Menus App Updated - December 2019

The My School Menus app has undergone some updates that have made it more user-friendly. Users now have the ability to print the different customized menus (allergen filter, build a meal), toggle between pages, and the menus can be printed by month.

Please visit the app store related to your device to update:

iOS Devices (Apple/iPhone): Simply update to the newest version of the External LinkMy School Menus app

Android Devices: Download the newest version of the External LinkMy School Menus app, and delete the old version. 

If you previously bookmarked the website,  please be sure to update that to the External Linknew My School Menus link.  

My School Menus App - nutrition on the go - get the app through google play or the apple store

Interactive Online & Mobile App Menus [External LinkView Video Tutorial]

External LinkMy School Menus interactive online menus allow for easy access to complete nutrition information for the school meal programs anytime, anywhere.

Features Include:

  • Nutrient data by menu item - hovering over a menu item will show nutrient data
  • Build-a-Meal nutrient data - choose build-a-meal to get totals of individual nutrients for all items chosen by a student
  • Ingredient information for certain menu items
  • Complete list of all food choices available to students
  • Allergen identification - allergen filter to strikethrough foods containing the following allergens: wheat, soy, eggs, fish, peanuts, tree nuts, milk
  • Attribute identification - symbols identifying foods as GMO-free, kosher, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, locally grown, made from scratch
  • Translation to 180 languages using Google Translate
  • Ability to link to child nutrition sites like prepayments, applications and policies
  • Information about child nutrition

External LinkView Online School Menus
 

PDF DocumentDownload the My School Menus Mobile App in the iTunes store
or the Google store OR scan the QR Code on this flyer.

 

If you are unable to access these documents and would like a printed listing of the nutritional information, or if your child has individual nutritional needs, please contact the TCAPS registered dietitian at 231.933.1912.
 

Qualifying for Free & Reduced Meal Reimbursement

Food Students Need to Include in their Meal to Get Credit for a Reimbursable Meal

USDA Foods Healthy Choices American Grown logoTraverse City Area Public Schools (TCAPS) operates under the Offer vs. Serve Option for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

To meet the requirements of the National School Breakfast Program, a school must offer a specified serving size of each of the following three food components:

  • Fresh fruit, chilled fruit, vegetable or 100% fruit juice
  • Low fat or skim milk
  • Whole grain (2) (or optional credited meats/meat alternates)

A student must take at least three of the four offered food items for the breakfast to be counted under the National School Breakfast Program - one of which must be a fruit item. For grains (or meat/meat alternate offered for this component) and milk, the student must select the daily minimum required amount; and for the fruit component, the student must select at least 1/2 cup of fruit or vegetable.  Students taking fewer than three items must be charged a la carte prices, as those items would not meet the requirements under the program for a reimbursable meal.  Students have the right to decline the items of their choice.

My Plate graphic depicting portion size of fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairyTo meet the requirements of the National School Lunch Program, a school must offer a specified serving size of each of the following five food components:

  • Meat/Meat alternates
  • Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Fluid milk 1% or skim

A student must take at least three of the five required food components and one of them must be a fruit or a vegetable for the lunch to be counted under the National School Lunch Program.

One of the choices selected must be at least a 1/2 cup serving of the fruit or vegetable component or a 1/2 cup total serving of both fruit and vegetable. If 1/2 cup of fruit is selected, the student must select the full required daily serving of the vegetable component for it to be counted as meeting that component.

Within each component, different choices may be offered. Other than selecting the required minimum fruit or vegetable serving, it is the student's choice to select or decline a food component.

Students taking fewer than three components must be charged a la carte prices, as those components would not meet the requirements under the program.

If a student needs any help, please contact the Kitchen Leader in the school cafeteria or ask any of our cashiers for assistance.

PDF DocumentFood Students Need to Include in their Meal to Get Credit for a Reimbursable Meal

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: