Food & Nutrition Services

ALL student meals are free for the 2021-22 school year!

August 2021

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are thrilled to be back serving your child for the 2021-2022 school year! After adapting our service last year, we will continue with breakfast in the classroom at the elementary level, with lunch in the cafe. At the secondary level, breakfast and lunch will be available in the cafe. Additionally, schedules will continue to be modified to promote more spacing in the cafeteria. To kick off the new year, we wanted to share a few things you and your child can look forward to when it comes to mealtime.

Lunch is FREE for ALL Students in the 2021-2022 School Year!

Thanks to flexibilities provided by the USDA's National School Lunch Program, students will have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast and lunch at no cost throughout the academic year. Students must select a meal which meets USDA guidelines and include a fruit or vegetable with their meal for it to count towards the free meal. A la Carte items are available for purchase. 


Food Kids Love to Eat

Chartwells’ team of chefs and dietitians are working to bring even more variety to our menus featuring new recipes with kid approved foods. This year we’re serving up:

  • Road Trip: Students can let their taste buds explore the country with a culinary Road Trip! The journey takes kids through new cities, cultures and heritages.
  • Theme Meals: Students can look forward to special theme meals and activities during lunch service, allowing students to explore new foods while having fun during lunch.


Programs that Encourage Fun and Discovery

Chartwells continues to inspire healthy eating habits and spark a culinary curiosity to last a lifetime through fun and engaging programs.

  • Discovery Kitchen: Designed to make nutrition education fun and entertaining, Chartwells chefs and dietitians have worked together to create curriculums that get kids cooking, trying new foods, and learning about what they’re eating.
  • Student Choice: Giving middle and high school students a voice in deciding what food concepts are featured and new menu items that will be available, Student Choice brings the latest food trends to school menus.
  • Mood Boost: This innovative program helps elementary and middle school students connect what they eat with how they feel. It features recipes and characters that focus on six moods: Smart, Happy, Confident, Alert, Strong and Calm.


Menus and Nutrition Facts at Your Fingertips

Through Nutrislice, an innovative app, students, parents and faculty have access to school menus, including nutrition information, allergens and photos. Nutrislice can be downloaded for free from the App store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) and is available on desktop and mobile devices. Menus are also available at


Through sharing our passion for great tasting food, instilling a desire for food discovery, and most importantly, providing nourishing meals, we're excited to continue serving up happy and healthy to your children in the year ahead. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at (586) 783-6550.


Thank you,

Debbie Elzerman

Food & Nutrition Director





Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to inform you that L’Anse Creuse Public Schools will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the School Year 2021-2022.

The GREAT NEWS is that ALL students enrolled in our district can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at NO CHARGE to your household each day.

We still need your household to fill out and sign the Household Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals. Information gathered from the application is critical in determining the amount of money that our schools receive from a variety of State and Federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc. 

These supplemental programs have the potential to offer supports and services for our students including, but not limited to:

  • Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
  • Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
  • Professional Learning for staff
  • Parent and Community engagement supplies and activities
  • Technology

We are asking that you please complete and submit it as soon as possible to ensure that additional funding for our schools is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the report submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the attached report, our school cannot maximize the use of available State and Federal funds.


Only ONE application Per Household is needed. Please list ALL students in the household.


We suggest applying online at


If we can be of any further assistance, please contact the Food & Nutrition Department at (586) 783-6550.



Debbie Elzerman

Food & Nutrition Director



Fall Meals

School Menus

External LinkNutri-Slice : New Easy to Access School Menus

Using the Nutri-Slice Website

  1. Select your child's school building.
  2. Select the school menu you wish to view (Breakfast or Lunch).
  3. Once within the site, you will see the menu is interactive. If you hover over a food, you will be able to see an image and a description.

Using the App

If you prefer to use the smartphone app, download the "Nutrislice" app by Nutrislice, Inc. from Google Play for Android or the App Store for iPhones.

  1. Select your state, followed by your school district.
  2. Select the grade level, school and then the school menu you wish to view.
  3. Once within the menu, you will be defaulted to the current day. You can select a food to find it's description.

School year 21-22 Information

"Food 4 Kids" Program 2020

Wellness Policy

Triennial Assessment for Wellness Policy



Technology Integration

The Department utilizes several forms of technology to accomplish its mission. We have installed a computerized Point of Sale (POS) called Meal Magic. This system electronically keeps track of each student's transactions and deposits into a prepaid account. The system also keeps track of a variety of statistical and financial information that is needed to account for the department's activities.d

Related Links

External LinkSend Money to School Website
External LinkSubsidized Meal Benefits  (Free/Reduced Applications)
PDF DocumentCK12 Catering Guide


Video DocumentRecycling
Video DocumentNutrition of Meals

Competitive Foods Statement (A La Carte)

  • Competitive foods that provide little or no nutritional value will not be sold in the breakfast or lunch programs at L'Anse Creuse. Nutritious snack items will be offered whenever adequate customer acceptance is indicated.
  • Competitive foods may be sold in the elementary schools on a limited basis. Care will used in the offerings and students will not be allowed to eat only cookies and ice cream.
  • Middle school students will be offered a slightly expanded a la carte offering. Food service personnel will monitor that foods with no redeeming food value are not offered.
  • High school students will be provided a further expanded a la carte offering and again, foods with no nutritional content will be excluded.

Food and Supply Purchasing Policies

  • Whenever possible, specific food service related items will be purchased in bulk form, from individual suppliers on a three bid process and/or by District, County, or Consortium entities. Presently the Food Service Department is a member of the H.P.S. purchasing group.
  • Specifications shall be required that will insure that the General Goals Statements are able to be accomplished.
  • Service standards and specific customer preferences are to be considered when awarding bids and placing orders with vendors. However, whenever possible the lowest cost and/or higher participation, not the lowest price, should affect the purchasing decision.

General Goals

  • To participate in the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs, and to provide a quality Food Service operation for those students and adult customers who wish to participate.
  • To provide healthful and nutritious food products to all customers and to develop other services that might be beneficial to the meal programs or to the L'Anse Creuse District.
  • To operate with-in a balanced budget that will produce sufficient revenues which will cover expenses, including renovations not included in bond issues. If necessary, the Board will have the responsibility of making up unforeseen deficits.
  • To adhere to all state, county, and local regulations concerning food operations including the Macomb County Health Department and the State Fire Marshall's office.
  • To follow USDA regulations outlined in the National School Lunch Act and its amendments.
  • To maintain all required documents and files, and to report to the program administrator on a regular basis.

Nutritional Foods Statement (Breakfast & Lunch Meal Offerings)

  • All student pattern breakfasts and lunches will meet the USDA guidelines for nutrition, which is generally one-third of the RDA (Recommended Daily Allowances).
  • That processed foods which are high in sugar, sodium, and other additives be evaluated by the Food Service Supervisor and those foods found to have excess amounts of these items, be limited in their use in the menu pattern. In some instances schools may limit their availability to the student customer.

Pricing Policies

  • All pricing will reflect the balanced budget goal statement.
  • All a la carte, special function, catering, and extra entree pricing will be based on a cost plus factor.
  • Extra entree will be priced at a level high enough to ensure that the type "A" meal (the pattern meal) is the best value for our student customers. This also ensures that the L'Anse Creuse student is purchasing a total meal with all of the nutritional value available.
  • Bulk sales to staff will be directed by the Food Service Supervisor. The pricing will be at a cost plus 5% to ensure that employees do not personally and financially benefit from the program (Federal Regulation) or from our vendors.

 Use of Kitchen Facilities (by the School Community & Outside Groups)

  • These procedures will be adhered to when school kitchen facilities are used outside of the regular meals program. This is required to provide for security of equipment, supplies and spaces; and to ensure the safety of personnel using equipment and spaces.
  • The use of school kitchen facilities and equipment will only be granted with prior approval through the school's principal.
  • Equipment may be used providing a food service employee is present to supervise and assist in proper operation of such equipment.
  • Refuse and unused foods and supplies will be removed by the group using the kitchen. Temporary storage of materials will be for a specified duration. All work spaces shall be cleaned as they were found.
  • Equipment failure or damage to equipment and spaces will be reported to the custodian immediately. The custodian will make a report to the building administrator, who will report same to the Food Service Supervisor no later than 9:00 a.m. the following work day.
  • Limited use of kitchen facilities, for making tea or coffee and service from group-owned utensils when a building administrator is present, may be granted by the building administrator. This will be limited to filling and sink cleaning containers and utensils only.

Failure to adhere to these regulations, willful neglect of posted safety precautions or intentional damage or misuse of equipment or spaces will result in a recommendation for the loss of kitchen use privileges and/or assessment of charges necessary to correct damages.

The L'Anse Creuse Public Schools' Board of Education has mandated that educational monies shall not be spent in support of a District wide meal program. We therefore must operate the Department on a "break-even" status. While we may earn a profit in some years, in others we may lose money and those losses must be repaid to the District's General Fund.

Each month the Department produces a detailed Fund Balance Report (profit and loss) statement for each individual school to assist in evaluation and in planning. This helps to insure that goals are consistently being met.

Introduction to the Food Service Program

The school meals program was authorized under the National School Lunch Program Act which was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Truman in 1946. The Michigan Legislature and the Governor mandated the National School Breakfast Program for Michigan's public schools in 1988.

The Program is operated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture at the National Level and the Michigan Department of Education's, School Management Services, Food and Nutrition Services have the responsibility at the state level.

L'Anse Creuse Public Schools receives Federal and State money to assist in the offering of services to it's students. These funds are used to help purchase the food and supplies that are consumed by the programs' customers and the District then agrees to comply with the regulations set up by congress. One of the most important regulations is the Nutritional Guideline regulation which dictates the Breakfast and Lunch nutritional content.

The Food Service Department maintains affiliations with several associations that benefit School Food Service management and child nutrition. 

School Nutrition Association of Michigan (SNAM) is the state affiliate of the School Nutrition Association (SNA), a non-profit professional association representing 60,000 members involved in the school food service industry. SNAM represents over 1,600 food service personnel in Michigan. Membership in both organizations is open to persons engaged in school food service or related activities in public, non-public schools, and colleges and universities.

The Michigan School Business Officials Association (MSBO) also has a very active Food Service Program and Research Committee which assists the Association in its child nutrition responsibilities. The Food Service Committee provides the resources for "Peer Review" activities when requested by member local school districts.


Fall 2017

Dear Parent/Guardian:

L’Anse Creuse Public Schools (LCPS) is committed to providing your student with an exceptional education which includes healthy, high-quality school breakfasts and lunches. To help you better understand our Meal Charge Policy we have outlined the important facts below.

The purpose of this policy is to provide consistent meal charge procedures for all students at LCPS. We recognize the importance of children eating a healthy meal and the time it takes to prepare those meals. In an effort to assist our parents and guardians with this responsibility, we provide both breakfast and lunch in accordance with the USDA Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act 2010 (HHFKA). 

Meal Accounts:  Parents/guardians are encouraged to make meal payments in advance.  Personal checks and cash are accepted daily and student accounts can be monitored by establishing an account at 

Meal Charging:  Meal charging is designed to cover a situation in which parents forget to send or deposit money for breakfast or lunch. No alternate meals or ala carte items are allowed to be charged. School messenger reminders of negative balances will be called, emailed and/or texted every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you are not receiving the calls, please contact your school office to update your contact information.  Payment of breakfast and/or lunches will be expected within two days of the charge.  

Meal Benefits:  Households may apply for free/reduced priced meals anytime throughout the school year, but must reapply at the start of each school year. You can obtain an application at your school or apply online at If you have questions or need assistance you can contact the Food and Nutrition Services office at (586) 783-6550. 

Bad Debt:  L’Anse Creuse will ensure that all students receive a standard meal, including those students who do not have sufficient funds in their account or in hand to cover the cost of their full meal at the time of service.  Students may not charge ala carte items, only a complete lunch. Debts incurred by the inability to collect meal payment from students will be pursued by the District in an effort to recover the debt incurred. The Superintendent is authorized to further define and implement meal charging and debt collection procedures.  These procedures will provide consistent directions for families. Please refer to Board Policy 8500 on the website. Please note that negative balances carry over from year to year and stay on the student’s lunch account until they graduate and are expected to be paid off.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Here’s to a happy and healthy start to this school year!

Tanya L. Nofs
Food & Nutrition Services

The Department maintains the ultimate in sanitation and safety practices each and every day. As Food Service Professionals, our greatest fear is that we might cause one of our valued customers to become ill. School Food Service operations in Macomb County lead the nation by developing a workable procedure manual for all food operations to implement the newest in food safety technology which is called H.A.C.C.P. or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. This system monitors each "at risk" food item and at every point in the food chain that contamination could possible occur, temperature is taken and it is logged into a journal.

Contact Information

24400 F.V. Pankow Blvd.
Clinton Twp., MI 48036
Phone: (586) 783-6550 Office
Fax: (586) 783-6557
Office Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Management Staff

Debbie Elzerman
Food & Nutrition Director
586-783-6550- ext. 1105

Laurie Warren
Secretary / Bookkeeper
586-783-6550 ext. 1114

Sue Oleksy
586-783-6550 ext. 1115

Jeffrey Stein
Executive Chef
586-783-6550 ext. 2106

Meal Prices


Breakfast - FREE
Lunch Value Meal - FREE
A La Carte Milk or Juice - $.50

Middle School

Breakfast - FREE
Lunch Value Meal - FREE
A La Carte Milk or Juice - $.50

High School

Breakfast - FREE
Lunch Value Meal - FREE
A La Carte Milk or Juice - $.50