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

Director's Notes
Welcome Back!  I hope your summer was restful and enjoyable!
We are looking forward to the new school year and providing you with nutritious delicious meals inspired by students, faculty and current trends that meet the requirements for the School Meal Program.  
I will post news, menu changes and other interesting information in the Director Notes each month.

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

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


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.  


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)




Meal History

This option is available from Family Access using the District Links located on the top right of the webpage.


For meals served during the current school, which starts July 1, use the link ‘SendMoneyToSchool’


ID Numbers

With the new system your student ID numbers will no longer use the leading zero.  If the number on your student 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.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

John Henry, Food Service Department Director


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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