Food Service

A display of fresh fruits for lunch.Northview’s Food Service is committed, through teamwork, to provide nutritious, well-balanced meals in a respectful, friendly manner.

All questions regarding the Food Service at Northview can be directed to Jan Jager:

Phone: 616.361-3473


Visit these websites for information on continuing to receive nutritious meals during the school summer vacation.  Click HERE to find a Summer Food Service Program site.   Click HERE to view a list of participating sponsors.

A photo of the salad bar at one of the schools.

NOTE: When school is unexpectedly cancelled, please be aware that the menu choice from the day when school is closed will be served on the next day school is in session.


The FALL menu will be online at before school starts and come home on the first day of school. Breakfast is offered at all Northview schools before school begins in the morning. Breakfast consists of fruit,grain,meat or meat alternate and milk.  Lunch consists of a fruit, vegetable, grain, protein and milk.

Students MUST take a fruit or vegetable at lunch and breakfast in order to qualify for meal “pricing.” If your child is a participant in the free and reduced program and they are being charged for their meal, it may be because they are not taking all of the components. Please encourage your child to take advantage of getting at least one item from the fruit and vegetable bar. If there is not something offered that day that they want for their meal, please have them take an item that can be put into their backpack and taken home for after school.


Grades K-4 Lunch: $2.25
Grades 5-8  Lunch: $2.50
Grades 9-12 Lunch:  $2.50/$2.75/$3.25
Grades K-12 Breakfast: $1.35

One beverage (milk or juice) is included in the meal price above. If a child wants a second beverage or a beverage to go with a sack lunch, the price is $0.50. A beverage is not free unless a meal is purchased.


Free & Reduced Meals

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) to see if your child is eligible to received free or reduced meal pricing.

Fill out a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application online by using The site walks you through a set of questions and sends the information directly to Northview. What are the advantages? You will not have to send in the paper application. Your application is processed in most cases in less than one business day. Be sure to list ALL household members on the same application with ALL household income. If you are currently receiving food stamps you MUST include the case number. Benefits are based on household size/income ratio. If you do not have access to a computer, contact Jan Jager or pick up a paper application from any of our school buildings. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for the current year for free meals, DO NOT complete the Application; but, do let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION letter you received. As noted on the Application, school officials may require applicants to verify information provided on this application.


Students who qualified for free or reduced meals at the end of the 2016-17 school year will automatically start this school year with the same benefits through October 10, 2017 OR until a new form is completed. If you think you will no longer qualify for the program and would like your benefits to run out, please contact the Food Service Director. A NEW APPLICATION MUST BE COMPLETED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to insure a smooth transition and to insure you do not lose benefit status after October 10, 2017. Benefits are not retroactive and you will be responsible for any charges to your child’s account after October 10, 2017.

ATTENTION: Free & Reduced Price School Meals Family Applications are available online!

Just visit for quick and easy submission. If applying on-line, do not submit a paper application.

Keep a balance of your child’s meal account.

Although it is the primary responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide their child a lunch (from home or purchased from food service), Northview Public Schools will not refuse a student lunch or breakfast due to a lack of funds.

Students who do not bring a meal from home or do not have funds to purchase a meal will be allowed up to one lunch credit (and one breakfast credit) on their food service account (resulting in a negative balance). The student will be served the meal option of their choice. A student continuing to have a negative balance will be provided an alternative meal and be charged at the regular meal price.

Our staff make every effort to assist parents/guardians in keeping them informed when a negative charge occurs, however, due to the large numbers of students, we rely on parents/guardians to help keep a positive balance in the student’s account. Please remit payment of negative balance on the next business day.

Monitoring your child’s account.

1. SendMoneyToSchool gives you free access to your child’s account to view balances and charges made. Parents & guardians can be proactive and set up to receive an email alert when funds drop below a selected amount.

2. Northview will email parents & guardians daily when an account goes into the negative. Please keep your email address up-to-date in the school office and add to your contacts to assure you receive emails.

Making payments to your child’s account.

1. Make a payment on your SendMoneyToSchool account. There is a small fee to deposit through this website. Funds will show on the account within one day.

2. Set up Northview Public Schools in your bill payment on your online banking. You can send checks on a regular basis. Please use:

Northview Food Service, 4451 Hunsberger NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525 and include your student’s account number in the memo section.

3. Send checks (made out to Northview Food Service) to school with your student. Cash is always accepted, however, cash deposits cannot be guaranteed.

Student access to meal accounts.

All students are assigned a meal account when they enroll in Northview. This account stays the same for the duration of their school years. Students may access their account by registering for the finger scan system. The finger scan system is the easiest and most secure way for students to access their account. The system is a finger imaging program that measure unique points of each student fingerprint and transfers it to numerical number. To register students in this system, the student holds their finger on the scanner while the points are measured and transferred to a unique number. That unique number is now what identifies each student in the lunch room. Fingerprints are not being taken and fingerprints cannot be made from the unique number.


This site was created by and is maintained by  Northview Public Schools does not endorse, insure the accuracy of, or vouch for the safety and privacy of any linked sites nor does it assume any responsibility for the content found on these sites.  Contact Jan at 361-3473 with questions.

NOTE:  When applying for a lunch account for your family please note the following:
(1) You will need your student’s Id. (2)  Requests are processed on a daily basis  so if you do not receive an Email within one school working day of your request, check your Spam folder as some Email servers automatically “Spam” them.  (3) There is NO charge to set up the account and view the history and balances of your children(s) account, however, if you choose to make a payment online there is a small fee to do so. (4)  Add children to any current account by giving Jan the new names.


Free & Reduced Meal Application (PDF)

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

How to Apply (PDF)


Nutrition education shall be integrated into other subject areas of the curriculum, when appropriate, to complement, but not replace, the standards and benchmarks for health education.

  1. Nutrition education shall include enjoyable, developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant participatory activities, such as contests, promotions, taste testing, and others.
  2. Nutrition education shall extend beyond the classroom by engaging and involving the school’s food service staff.
  3. Nutrition education posters, such as the My Plate, will be displayed in the cafeteria.
  4. Nutrition education standards and benchmarks promote the benefits of a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grain products and fat-free dairy products.



  1. Providing adequate funding exits, a sequential, comprehensive physical education program shall be provided for students in K-12 in accordance with the standards and benchmarks established by the State.
  2. The physical education curriculum shall provide sequential instruction related to the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to participate in lifelong, health- enhancing physical activity.
  3. The sequential, comprehensive physical education curriculum shall stress the importance of remaining physically active for life.
  4. Providing adequate funding exists, the K-12 program shall include instruction in physical education as well as opportunities to participate in competitive and non- competitive team sports to encourage lifelong physical activity.
  5. Planned instruction in physical education shall teach cooperation, fair play, and responsible participation.
  6. Planned instruction in physical education shall be presented in an environment free of embarrassment, humiliation, shaming, taunting, or harassment of any kind.
  7. Schools shall encourage families to provide physical activity outside the regular school day, such as outdoor play at home, participation in sports sponsored by community agencies or organizations, and in lifelong physical activities like bowling, swimming, or tennis.
  8. Providing adequate funding exists, all students in grades K-12 shall have the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities and intramural programs that emphasize physical activity.



  1. The schools shall provide a reasonable time daily for students to eat.
  2. The schools shall schedule mealtimes so there is minimum disruption by bus schedules, recess, and other special programs or events.
  3. The school shall provide attractive, clean environments in which the students eat.
  4. Students, parents, and other community members shall have access to, and be encouraged to use, the school’s outdoor physical activity facilities outside the normal school.
  5. Schools in our system utilize electronic identification and payment systems,therefore, eliminating any stigma or identification of students eligible to receive free and/or reduced meals.



  1. In accordance with Policy 8500, entitled Food Service, the food service program shall comply with Federal and State regulations pertaining to the selection, preparation, consumption, and disposal of food and beverages as well as to the fiscal management of the program.
  2. As set forth in Policy 8531, entitled Free and Reduced Price Meals, the guidelines for reimbursable school meals are not less restrictive than the guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

It is recommended that the following:

  1. The food service program will provide all students affordable access to the varied and nutritious foods they need to be healthy and to learn well.
  2. All foods available to students in District programs, other than the food service program, shall be served with consideration for promoting student health and well being.


Wellness Policy May 2012