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

Director's NotesWe are seven months into the 2015/2016 school year.  Student's are well acclimated with the routine of school:  class, teacher and building functions.  Food Service is happy to have a role in their lives in that regard.  We know the importance of having a nutritious day to compete with the energy needed to consume knowledge.    

If you get the opportunity, stop by our office and say hello. 
John Henry
Food Service Director

Other News:

If you are interested in working part time with good hours and in a setting that accommodates the hours your children are in school, you should consider substitute positions in the Food Service Department.  Interested persons should check out the Employment section of the Rockford website.  

You may submit your Family Meal Application directly through the link  

This option is more efficient on many levels:
  • it is expedient in delivery and processing
  • it will not allow you to submit the application unless all the fields are correct
  • it sends your application directly to my attention
  • it familiarizes you with the website which is your segway to obtaining meal history, payment history, setting limitations as well as notifications you wish to receive for your child
  • meal history is available throughout each school year beginning July 1st.

We are confident you will find this option helpful for your needs.    


The chart below outlines what each system offers.


eFunds by Magic Writer


Available for use



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



Low Balance Notifications

(See Below)

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

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

View Lunch Account balances

Yes, updated every 24hours around 3am

Yes, real time

View meal history



Credit Card Fees

(no minimum payment)

Paid by School

Paid by School

eCheck Fees

(no minimum payment)

Paid by School

Paid by School

Web Access Link

(Available from Family Access)


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.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

John Henry, Food Service Department Director


School Lunch Facts:

A Qualified School Lunch contains 5 components:   Protein, Fruit, Vegetable, Whole Grain and Milk.   Students need to take at least 3 of the 5 Components offered of which one must be either a vegetable and/or fruit. All Grains have to be Whole Grains

Weekly Average Requirements are based on Calories, Sodium & Saturated Fat

Daily requirements for Trans Fats

About 70% of all products bought for our school lunch program are from local suppliers*

Rockford Public School uses the Farm to School Program with distributors that ensure the safety of the products we serve.* 

Child Nutrition Labeling – This is a label from the manufactures to ensure their product meets the Child Nutritional Requirements.  All public schools must follow this requirement.

Special Dietary Need -   If a Student has a documented disability that restricts their diet, according the USDA the Food Service Department must make the substitution listed on the medical statement form.

*Distributors/Local Growers Profiles

Bolthouse Brothers

JJ Farms


Riverridge Produce

Ross Skibbe Farms

T Dykstra Sons


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. 


Remember, you can view your child’s lunch history, account balance, Family Meal Application, among other options through  I recommend logging into the site and familiarizing yourself with it's many options.  It is hyperlinked in several locations in this web site. This is a great tool for obtaining your student's information on the spot. 

Please feel free to contact us with your questions.

John Henry, Director Food Service Department

616.863.6037 #4 at prompt

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