Food Service

St. Pat Treat

Our newsletter is full of important information for the school year!

May 2023 Food Service Newsletter

Breakfast Choices 

Breakfast is offered in all buildings. It includes a main entree, juice/fruit, and milk.

One hot entree is offered daily at the elementary schools. Yogurt and a variety of cold cereals are also offered every day. White milk (fat free or 1%) is offered for elementary breakfast.

-Elementary buildings will provide FREE breakfast in the classroom.  There will be hot breakfast once per week. 

-Secondary Breakfast Price: $1.65  Secondary students are offered a variety of hot main entrees along with juice, milk (fat free or 1% white and fat free chocolate), and a la carte items.

Lunch Choices 

  • Ridgeview Elementary offers:  Three entrée choices with a hot vegetable
  • Appleview Elementary offers:  Three entrée choices with a hot vegetable

Additionally, all elementary schools have a fruit and vegetable bar for the school lunch children to enjoy daily.

Elementary Lunch: $2.75
Secondary Lunch: $2.90 - $3.30

Middle School and High School students can choose from a wide range of entrees each day including: 

  • Create - come try some of our hearty homemade comfort meals
  • Sono- High School and Middle School will now offer a new and improved Mexican Line.  Available daily on this line made to order;  beef, bean, or chicken tacos, taco salads, nachos, burritos, and enchiladas 
  • Grilled-Fast-casual station to grab your favorite grilled sandwich and finger food
  • 2 Mato-Come try some of our amazing pasta's and pizza's (Classic cheese pizza made with reduced fat cheese on a fresh baked whole grain crust and specialty pizzas which are fresh baked daily)
  • So Deli- Sandwiches and Salads Made to order with freshly baked breads and sliced meat choices with all your favorite toppings
  • Grab and Go -fresh and fast  food options
  •  Extra Extra - No one leaves our cafe hungry with our fresh fruit and vegetable bar (cold fruit and vegetable bar offered daily - featuring fresh seasonal produce including local items)

Meal Prices

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) regulations require School Food Authorities that participate in the NSLP to ensure that sufficient funds are provided to the nonprofit school food service account for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced price meals. Meal prices are determined by the USDA and Sparta Area Schools.

2022-2023 Meal Prices:

Elementary Breakfast - Free

Secondary Breakfast - $1.65

Reduced Breakfast - $0.30

Elementary Lunch - $2.75

Secondary Lunch - $2.90 - $3.30 depending on entree choices

Reduced Lunch - $0.40

Milk - $0.50

How to Deposit Money in your Students Food Service Account

Payment and Meal Accounts

For your convenience, we accept payments online with check, debit, or credit card.  To do so you must visit our family portal at  In order to set your child/children up with an account you will need their student ID number.  If your child does not know their ID number, please contact the Food Service Director.  Once basic student information is entered, you may make a deposit for your student’s food service account through a secure internet connection. If you choose to apply money online there will be convenience fees.  There is a $1.50 flat fee when using a checking account for payment and $2.85 for every $100.00 increment in a transaction when using a credit/debit card.  Remember you can make one family deposit as well.  You do not need to do each child separately.  You may also send cash or checks with your child to school.  Please make sure the payment is identified for food service and child/children’s names are on the payment.  Any questions about food service payments should be directed to Melissa Alley 616-887-1744

Free & Reduced Applications

The Meal Magic Family Portal allows you to fill out an application for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits on-line. Click THIS LINK and then select "Apply For Benefits" to complete the form on-line.  If you prefer to use this site, you will no longer need to send in the paper application and, in most cases, your application will be reviewed and a determination made within one business day.

Please remember that a Free & Reduced Lunch Application needs to be filled out every new school year between July 1st and October 5th.  If you prefer the paper copy application, they will be available at all open houses, building main offices, building kitchens or you can print one HERE.

Meal Magic Family Portal

Free/Reduced Lunch Paper Application

NutriSlice App

The way you access menus is changing, and we are sure you will love it!  Sparta Area Schools in partnership with Chartwells K12, is now using Nutrislice to publish the school menus to a new interactive website and a free smartphone app!  Now you can access your menus anywhere, anytime!  Nutrislice gives students and parents the opportunity to see more information about menu items including photos and descriptions.  The capability to filter common food allergens, translate menus into different languages, access nutrition information such as carb counts and calories is just a few clicks away!  Please visit to check out the Sparta Area School Menus or download the Nutrislice app for free on your smartphone.

Conveniently view the school menus and food information. Click the link to install the app. 

USDA Requirements

The Sparta Area School District participates in the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Program. Nutritious meals are served every school day. All meals served must meet patterns established by the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

Summer Feeding Programs MEET UP and EAT UP!

Anyone ages 18 and under eat FREE!

Current Menus (Printable)

NutriSlice Menus

External LinkNutrislice Menu - Early Childhood Center
External LinkNutrislice Menu - Ridgeview
External LinkNutrislice Menu - Appleview
External LinkNutrislice Menu - Middle School
External LinkNutrislice Menu - High School

Food Services/Wellness Policies

Wellness Committee Flyer

PDF DocumentFood Services Policy
PDF DocumentWellness Policy

Double Up Food Bucks

~~Updated information for 2023 coming soon!~~

PDF DocumentParticipating Kent County Farm Markets & Grocery Stores
PDF DocumentDUFB Flyer - English
PDF DocumentDUFB Flyer - Spanish

Melissa Alley

Food Service Director