Food Services

What's for lunch? We’ve got lots of yummy things on the menus listed below, and we update them monthly.

However, the kitchen staff ask for your patience, as the menus may change periodically without notice due to unprecedented issues with the supply chain. So like most of life last year, please plan tentatively, adapt understandingly–and please keep praying!

Food services quick links

The K-2nd Forest School classes are provided free morning snacks, and this year breakfast & lunch are also provided at no cost.

Rose Park, South Side, Pine Ridge & Forest School 3rd grade are provided breakfast & lunch at no cost this school year.

Breakfast & lunch are free this year for all Middle School students. See what’s planned for this month!

Free grab and go breakfast is served from the cafeteria each morning. Free qualified lunch includes entree, fruit, veggies, & milk.

SendMoneyToSchool.com is a safe, secure and convenient way to make deposits to student meal accounts.

With most lunches free through this 21-22 school year, there have been some questions about what exactly is free, and what is available.

USDA-published practical, science-based nutrition standards for snack foods & beverages sold to children at school during the school day.

Use the Michigan Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program site locator to find a SFSP site nearby.

Our nondiscrimination statement, in accordance with federal civil rights law & the USDA regulation

Free & Reduced Lunches

Free and reduced-price meal benefits are available from the federal government. Over 30 million students participate in the National School Lunch Program every day, and over 50% receive free meals.

Even though meals are free to everyone this school year, we still encourage you to apply if you have qualified for meal benefits in the past, or think you may qualify, as many other benefits are tied to meal applications, and we wouldn’t want anyone to miss out! Free and reduced-price meal applications are available on the Meal Magic Portal, from your child’s school office, or you can contact our HCS Food Service at 616.820.2934 and we will confidentially mail you an application.

If your child received free or reduced-price meals last year, you must re-apply before October 2022 to be eligible for continued benefits. Please complete and return your new application as soon as possible to avoid interruption in service for your child. Applications from the 2021-22 school year expire in early October 2022. If you are new to the Holland Christian School system, you are not eligible until a new application is approved in our school district.

Please contact Sue Lambers at 616.820.2934 or slambers@hollandchristian.org with questions.

Apply for Free & Reduced Lunches

Food Services FAQ's

What is Meal Magic?

Designed like a debit account, the Meal Magic Student Account System is simple, convenient, and eliminates the need for students to carry cash to school by allowing you to deposit money to a student account for use on any day. Meal magic improves the speed of our lunch lines,

How do students receive meals?

At the elementary schools, students will sign up for hot lunch at the beginning of the day. At the serving line during lunch, they will receive their selection and proceed to the cashier. On the computer screen, student photos will be displayed by classroom. The cashier will touch the photo on the screen to debit the meal from the account.

At the middle and high schools, students will enter the last six digits of their Student ID on a pin pad at the cashier to access their accounts. Student photos will appear on the screen to prevent students from being misidentified.

What if my student receives free or reduced meals?

Students receiving free or reduced-price meals use the same procedure, and there will be no indication on the screen that the student is receiving a free or reduced-price lunch protecting the identity and privacy of students receiving meal benefits.

What is SendMoneyToSchool.com?

Provided by Meal Magic Corporation, SendMoneyToSchool.com is used in many school districts in Michigan and other states. It provides a safe, secure and convenient way to make deposits to student meal accounts.

You may make deposits online or send a check or money order to school. There is no fee for check or cash deposits made at school or by mail.

Please note that SendMoneyToSchool.com does charge a nominal convenience fee for deposits made with a credit/debit card. It does not charge a fee when using your checking account. Holland Christian does not receive any portion of this fee. We are providing this service for your convenience.

To create an account:

Go to SendMoneyToSchool.com and follow the steps provided. Search for Holland Christian Schools when asked for your school district. You’ll also need your student’s ID number. If you’re unsure what their Student ID number is contact Sue Lambers at slambers@hollandchristian.org or call 616.820.2934.

To make a deposit:

Login to your account at SendMoneyToSchool.com select make deposit and enter the amount you would like to deposit into each student’s account. Please be sure that your payment information is entered accurately. Deposits are typically processed and available to spend within 15 minutes. There is no need to indicate which days your student will be eating.

Can I still send a check to school to pay for meals?

Absolutely! Meal deposits may be sent to school with your student in an envelope. Please label the envelope to Food Services and include the student’s first and last name, teacher’s name, and building. Envelopes may be dropped off in the school office. At the Middle & High Schools, checks can be accepted at the cash register. If you prefer to mail in your deposit send your check to:

Holland Christian Food Services
950 Ottawa Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

Checks payable to Holland Christian Schools are accepted. Please include your student’s first and last name on the check. A $10 fee will be assessed for all returned checks. We have the ability to make family deposits; however all students accounts are individual, so please indicate how much you want deposited to each student account.

Generally checks received before 9:30 am are credited to the account on the day they are received. Checks received in line at the middle and high schools are credited immediately.

How will I know when the account is getting low on funds?

You can monitor accounts online at SendMoneyToSchool.com and after creating an account and receiving your password, you can log on and view account balances and history. There is no charge to view your student’s account history or balance.

If you do not have access to the internet we are happy to assist you in maintaining your student’s account. For elementary students, please contact the school and we will place you on a list to receive reminder slips to be sent home with your student. Once per week the reminder slips will be sent home if the account reaches a balance of $6 or less. At the middle and high schools, cashiers will make every effort to alert students when account balances are getting low. Students may also check their balances as they make their purchases.

You may also call 616.820.2934 or contact your individual school cafeteria to get your student’s balance. As our priority is student service, we may not be able to take your call during lunch. Please leave a voicemail and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

May students charge lunches to other student's accounts?

No. Due to the federally regulated child nutrition program, balances are not allowed to be transferred to other students.

What happens if a student account is $0 or less?

We cannot provide credit. However, we will allow a 3-meal grace period if a student account is otherwise in good standing. Only a qualifying federal meal will be provided and the price will be deducted from the account. If we do not receive a deposit during the grace period, an alternate meal may be provided.

May I get a refund from my child’s account?

Unfortunately, we do not refund hot lunch balances. We are happy to transfer funds between your children’s accounts. All lunch balances are carried over to the following school year. We urge all families and senior year students to monitor their lunch balances beginning in April to avoid leaving an excess balance on their account. There is no fee to register at SendMoneyToSchool.com to access your child’s account usage and balances, though there is a slight fee to load money through SendMoneytoSchool.com.

Are school meals nutritious?

At least once every three years the Michigan Department of Education is required to conduct a nutrition review to determine that the school district is meeting the nutrition standards set by the USDA. Our menus are designed to meet or exceed the nutrient standards for calories, calcium, iron, Vitamin A & C, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and dietary fiber.

What are the school meal patterns?

The USDA regulates the school meal patterns and specifies the size of each portion. A school lunch must include five components as determined by the federal regulations. The five lunch components include a meat/meat alternative, one serving of bread/grain, vegetable, fruit, and fluid milk. At least 11 bread/grain servings must be offered each school week.

What is Offer vs. Serve?

Offer vs. Serve is a concept that was adopted by Congress in 1975 to permit students a choice in selecting the food they prefer, and reducing food waste in schools. Under this concept, a student is offered all five meal components for lunch, but must choose at least three quality choices, one being a fruit and/or vegetable.

What is a meat alternative?

A meat alternative is a non-meat complete protein, such as cheese, yogurt, nuts, or soybean products.

What is Holland Christian's wellness policy?

Holland Christian Schools is committed to creating a healthy school environment that enhances the development of lifelong wellness practices to promote healthy eating and physical activities that support student achievements.

Nutrition Education

Every year, all students K-12 shall receive nutrition education that is aligned with Michigan Health Education Content Standards and Benchmarks. Nutrition education that teaches the knowledge, skills and values needed to adopt healthy lifestyles shall be integrated into the curriculum. Education shall be offered throughout the school district including dining areas, classrooms, and PE classes

Nutrition Standards

HCS shall follow and comply with the National School Lunch Program meal patterns and standards established by the USDA and regulated by the MDE. HCS shall encourage students to make food choices based on the most current Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Foods and beverages that compete with HCS policy of promoting a healthy school environment shall be discouraged. See the outline of HungerFree/Healthy Kids Act at the HCS food service website.

Physical Education

A comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and benchmarks established by the State. Physical education classes shall provide students with opportunities to learn, practice and be assessed on developmentally appropriate motor skills and social skills, as well as knowledge. Planned instruction in physical education shall promote participation in physical activity outside the regular school day.

Other School-Based Activities Designed to Promote Student Wellness

The Holland Christian community holds the K-6 Walkathon fundraiser which promoted activity and replaces selling candy bars. Holland Christian holds family fun nights and school field day activities for each school.

For our HC staff we have Priority Health which oversees our district wellness program which all full-time and part-time staff are encouraged to participate.

Every month our Hot Lunch program hosts a nutrition newsletter on our website, along with the lunch menu which has wellness tips.

Implementation and Measurement

All employees of the Holland Christian District are encouraged to be a positive healthy lifestyle role model for students. Students can learn healthy lifestyle habits by observing the food and physical activity patterns of school personnel and other adults who serve as role models in their lives. In order to send consistent messages to students, all adults in the school environment are encouraged to make healthy food choices and engage in physical activity. The District shall work through its School Wellness Team and building level staff to find cost effective ways to encourage staff wellness.

Members of Wellness Committee:

  • Nancy McCarthy
  • Dave DeBoer
  • Miska Rynsburger
  • Erin Wyma

Have Questions?

We are here to help! Contact Sue at 616.820.2934 or slambers@hollandchristian.org with any questions.

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