Food Service Department
4100 Kroes Street
Rockford, MI  49341
John Henry, Director
Phone616.863.6037Fax616.866.7589Hours7:00 AM - 2:30 PM



We are happy to announce the Rockford Public Schools Food Service Department is upgrading their computerized register system.  This new system, from a company called Meal Magic Corporation, will allow parents direct control in managing their child’s account. Through a user-friendly link on our website called SendMoneytoSchool.com, parents will now be able to manage the student lunch account. 


Some of the new features include: 

  • direct online entry for free/reduced meal applications

  • pay for meals online

  • check balances

  • view history

  • transfer money between students

  • set credit limits

http://sendmoneytoschool.com


This program will be in effect March 23, 2015.  


Those using eFunds for making payment may continue using eFunds.   

 

Note* When using eFunds, if your child's account number is a four (4) digit number, you no longer need to put the "0" in front.  


You will get a notice "your child has been deactivated".  In this situation, you must delete the student and go back and add him in with the "4" digit id number.

http://sendmoneytoschool.com


With the move to the new Point Of Sale system complete, we can offer new online payment options.

 

The chart below outlines what each system offers.

 

 

eFunds by Magic Writer

SendMoneyTo School.com

Available for use

Yes

Yes

Payment System

Past and Present

New starting 3/21/15

Stores Credit Card and eCheck information

Yes.  Can manage payment  information once logged in.

No.  Must enter payment information each time.

Setup Recurring Payments

Yes

No

Low Balance Notifications

(See Below)

Yes, parents have the option to activate and set limits for when they want to be notified.  

No

View Lunch Account balances

Yes, updated every 24 hours around 3 am

Yes, real time

View meal history

No

Yes

Credit Card Fees

(no minimum payment)

Paid by Purchaser

Paid by Purchaser.  Credit of $1 is applied for payment over $50.

eCheck Fees

(no minimum payment)

Paid by Purchaser

Paid by Purchaser.  Credit of $1 is applied for payment over $50.

Web Access Link

(Available from Family Access)

https://eps.mvpbanking.com/cgi-bin/efs/login.pl?access=55022

 

https://www.sendmoneytoschool.com/Dashboard/Login.aspx

 

 

Meal History

An account history is available up through March 20, 2015 from Family Access using the District Links located on the top right of the Rockford Public Schools webpage.

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For meals served after March 20, 2015, and current balances, use the link   ‘SendMoneyToSchool’.  

You must create an account to view this history and balance.

 

ID Numbers

With the new system your student's ID number will no longer use the leading zero.  If the number on your student's ID card is 00026, the number to use in eFunds and SendMoneyToSchool would be 26.

 

Low Balance Notifications

Rockford Public Schools sends out a notification for low and negative balances on Wednesday evenings. All users who meet the criteria will receive the message.


Director's Notes

We offer patrons the availability to setup and/or utilize e~Funds from the High School Food Service Office.  

  • For patrons with accounts already set up, you just swipe your credit/debit card in our office and enter the amount to put on account.  

  • For new users, a very quick setup gets you started. The user name field will be pre-filled with the name that is on the credit card.  The password is auto-generated.  If you would like to use this account at home or from a different computer, you can type over the username and password fields to enter in the information you would like to use.

  • The credit card you use to log into e~Funds will be recognized each time you come to the High School Food Service Office to make a payment.

  • We can enter your email address and phone number to associate to this account.

  • Each transaction information will be emailed to you indicating a payment was made to Rockford Schools through your bank.

  • We cannot take payment over the phone.  The transaction must be set up and completed by you on the computer.

We are confident this service will be of benefit to you.  Stop by and give it a try.


Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches make a comeback!

You may have noticed our elementary menu is featuring *WOW Peanut Butter Sandwiches.  These are a "Soy" based product... peanut and nut free.

*We have also noted this on the menu.


Ongoing features of the Food Service Department: 

  • Every Wednesday an automated call is made to all students owing money on the Food Service Account

  • Every Wednesday an email notification is sent to all with a low balance on their Food Service Account

  • Family Access to view your child’s lunch history and/or balance

  • E-funds Program to allow ez payment throughout the year

  • Applications for the Family Meal Program are accepted year round.  If you are on the program, every year you have a grace period of 30 days to reapply. All charges incurred out of that time frame allowance are your responsibility. For new applicants, the date the application is processed is the date your child begins the program.

  • Applications and Instructions for the Family Meal Program are available on the Rockford Webpage 

  • Account Information and eFund questions should be directed to Kristin Novak, 616.863.6030 X7058

  • Family Meal Application questions should be directed to Vicki Stevenson, 616.863.6037 X7061

Please feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns.


John Henry, Food Service Department Director,  616.863.6030 X7060

 



In an article titled
“Healthy Eating with the Season”, we are told for the greatest freshness look for foods that are locally grown and are in season.   


What does this mean for you? Eat seasonally! To enjoy the full nourishment of food, you must make your menu a seasonal one. In different parts of the world, and even in different regions of a country, seasonal menus can vary. But here are some overriding principles you can follow to ensure optimal nourishment in every season:

  • In spring, focus on tender, leafy vegetables that represent the fresh new growth of this season. The greening that occurs in springtime should be represented by greens on your plate, including Swiss chard, spinach, Romaine lettuce, fresh parsley, and basil.

  • In summer, stick with light, cooling foods in the tradition of traditional Chinese medicine. These foods include fruits like strawberries, apple, pear, and plum; vegetables like summer squash, broccoli, cauliflower, and corn; and spices and seasonings like peppermint and cilantro.

  • In fall, turn toward the more warming, autumn harvest foods, including carrot, sweet potato, onions, and garlic. Also emphasize the more warming spices and seasonings including ginger, peppercorns, and mustard seeds.

  • In winter, turn even more exclusively toward warming foods. Remember the principle that foods taking longer to grow are generally more warming than foods that grow quickly. All of the animal foods fall into the warming category including fish, chicken, beef, and lamb. So do most of the root vegetables, including carrot, potato, onions and garlic. Eggs also fit in here, as do corn and nuts.

In all seasons, be creative! Let the natural backdrop of spring, summer, fall and winter be your guide. 


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Remember, you can view your child’s lunch history and account balance through Family Access in this website. This has been a tremendous help in getting you information on the spot. To go along with that, our E-funds program runs throughout the year for easy payment options. 

Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

John Henry

Food Service Director

616.863.6030 X7060 

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