Food & Nutrition - Clarkston Community Schools (2023)

  • Menu Prices
  • Online Meal Payments
  • Breakfast and Lunch Menus
  • Newsletters
  • Low or Negative Balances
  • Nutrition Department Job Openings

Menu Prices

Elementary Prices:

Breakfast: Full Pay $1.50 Reduced $0.30

Lunch: Full Pay $3.00 Reduced $0.40

SMS Prices:

Breakfast: Full Pay $2.00Reduced $0.30

Lunch: Full Pay $3.25 Reduced $0.40

CJHS & CHSPrices:

Breakfast: Full Pay $2.00Reduced $0.30

Lunch: Full Pay $3.50Reduced $0.40

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Breakfast and lunchmeals areavailable free or at reducedcharge for all children 18 years of age and younger, including special education students 26 years of age and younger that qualify. Please navigate to the Free and Reduced Price School Meal Application tab for more resources.

All meals include one entree item, fruits, veggies, and milk. Students are still able to purchase snack items, drinks, and extra entrees at an additional cost.

Online Meal Payments

Meal Payments

Prepay for meals online using a credit or debit card at There is a fee for each transaction. Parents can access this site to check balances and meal purchases at any time. After you place a deposit,your bank statement may read: "MW *Clarkston Community S248--623-5410 MI (the MW is for Magic Wrighter)"

Weekly or monthly payments by check are accepted at every school, please make checks payable to: CCS Food Service. The student's name and/or student number is required on the check. If checks are returned by the bank due to insufficient funds, families will be charged $25.00 per occurrence; the negative amount will immediately be applied to the student's meal account.

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Food & Nutrition - Clarkston Community Schools (2)Clarkston Community Schools now publishes the school breakfast and lunch menus for all schools usingNutrislice. Nutrislice is an interactive digital school menu service designed to give students, parents, staff, and the community an in-depth look at the meals proudly served at Clarkston Community Schools.

Now you canview the menu, nutrition facts, carbohydrate counts, and allergy information for all Clarkston Community Schools. Nutrislice is very easy to use and allows access to the information you want in seconds!Families using Nutrislice also have the option to view the menu in Arabic, French, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

Download the FREE Nutrislice app from the App Store or Google Play to have all the information at your fingertips. In addition, print menus are available directly from Nutrislice with the click of a button.


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Free/Reduced Lunch

Our goal is for every child to have the opportunity to eat well-balanced meals and be provided with everything they need to be successful in school and in life. If your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart shown below, your child may qualify for additional supplemental supports and services.

These supplemental programs benefit students, families, and our schools with supports including, but not limited to:

  • Blessings in a Backpack
  • Athletic “Pay to Play” fees
  • School club fees
  • Potential Future P-EBT (food stamps)
  • Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
  • Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
  • Parent and community engagement supplies and activities
  • Internet connectivity/access

Free and Reduced Applications must be filled out every year if you wish to receive this benefit.If you qualify, Breakfast and Lunch meals will be available for your child at the corresponding benefit daily.Complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application online now at

Applying online is easy with immediate notification if you qualify. All applicants will be notified via mail or you can contact the Clarkston Community Schools Nutrition office at (248) 623-8001. A paper version of the Free and Reduced Lunch Application can be downloaded or obtained from your child's school office.

  • Instructions for completing the Free and Reduced Application (Spanish)
  • Frequently Asked Questions about the Free and Reduced Lunch program. Note: One application per household.
  • If you qualified for a free or reduced-price meal last year, we will use your eligibility for the first 30 operating days of the new school year. A new Free and Reduced Application must be submitted each school year.
  • We highly encourage all families to compete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. Many of the supplemental grants and federal aid our school district receives are based on the total of Free and Reduced Lunch Applications. These funds enhance the educational opportunities for our students.

Sharing Information

By selecting to share your information, your student may qualify for reduced rates from other programs. Download and complete the Sharing Information Form to see if you qualify. You may also review the Internet Essentials program information online.


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Low or Negative Balances

Low or Negative Balances

Please note that students with a low or negative balance in their meal account will not go hungry or be sent to the principal's office. Please check your child's account at

Clarkston Community Schools follows the procedures below for students with
NO MONEY to pay for a meal:**

Elementary Schools
Scenario 1: Student's balance is below $2.00 (there is some money in the account, but not enough to cover the full meal price)

Result: Student will receive a lunch that was ordered that day from the menu.

Scenario 2: Student's balance is negative.
Result: Student will receive a cheese sandwich lunch that includes the sides of vegetable, fruit and milk. This meal will be charged against the student's meal account.

The food service staff will send a note home and/or call the student's parent. Once the negative balance reaches $20, the food service staff will contact the principal's office. Students will continue to receive a meal throughout this process.

Sashabaw Middle School
Scenario 1: Student's balance is below $2.85 (there is some money in the account, but not enough to cover the full meal price)
Result: Student will receive a lunch that was ordered that day from the menu to be charged against the student's meal account. The meal account will go into the negative after it has been debited.

Scenario 2: Student's balance is negative (no money in the account to cover a meal).
Result: Student will be permitted to purchase a meal which will be charged to the student's Meal Magic account.

Clarkston Junior High School, Clarkston High School, Renaissance High School:
Scenario 1: Student's balance does not have enough money to cover the cost of the meal.
Result: Student is offered a serving of fruit, vegetable and milk at no cost.

**Reference: Federal Regulations 2 CFR Part 225, Appendix B Selected Items of Costs, Item #5 addresses "bad debts arising from uncollected accounts, related collection costs, and related legal costs are allowable."

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Meal Balance Information

All outstanding meal balances must be paid as they occur. Please contact your child's school cafeteria for account balances.

If your child has moved out of the district OR has graduated, you have a few options of what to do with any remaining funds in their meal account:

  • Reimbursement by check: You may request a refund via email by contacting Matt Severson at Be sure to include your child's name and the address to send the check.
  • Transfer funds to another sibling within the Clarkston Community Schools district: Email Matt Severson at, include the CCS building and name of the sibling who is to receive the funds.
  • PayItForward: Any remaining funds in your child's meal account can be donated to a student in need. Email Matt Severson at and indicate what CCS building you would like the funds donated. The funds will be used to assist students that have a financial need.

Low Balance Notifications

If your child's Meal Magic account is $10.00 or below, an automatic email notification will be sent to the email address provided to Clarkston Community Schools by the parent/guardian. Students are also verbally notified at school by the kitchen staff. Email messages are sent to all Clarkston Community School students daily.

Turning Off School Messenger Email Notifications
If you no longer would like to receive email notifications from the Clarkston Community Schools Nutrition Department when your child's account is $10 and below, you can turn the notifications off by going to the School Messenger Contact Manager link here.

Once you have logged on to Contact Manager:

  1. Click on the Contacts Tab
  2. Select EDIT next to your child's name
  3. Uncheck the boxes in the Food Service column next to your phone number(s)
  4. Make sure to click on SAVE at the bottom of the page and your changes will take effect.

Clarkston Community Schools Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) Check Policy

When the Clarkston Community Schools (CCS) district receives a check from a student or parent that, when deposited, is returned marked "non-sufficient funds", the CCS Superintendent or his/her designee shall provide an opportunity for the payer to make proper payment or to arrange for a satisfactory payment schedule.

A $25.00 fee will be collected from the payer by the appropriate CCS building administrator to cover administrative and banking fees related to the "NSF" check.

If payment is not received within thirty (30) days, the payment schedule is not adhered to, or the monies do not appear to be collectible, the CCS Board of Education authorizes the CCS Superintendent or his/her designee to remove the fee or charge from the CCS district's Accounts Receivable and to take appropriate action against the student and/or the parents.

Nutrition Department Job Openings

Clarkston Community Schools is now hiring cafe helpers and cooks to work part-time in our school buildings.Prepare and serveappealingand nutritious meals in a pleasant, clean, and friendly environment!

Apply today!

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Where do most schools get their food? ›

School meals are primarily funded through federal reimbursements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Child nutrition departments receive a per-meal reimbursement for each qualifying meal served, which means the meal must meet certain meal pattern guidelines and nutrition standards.

What is Clarkston Community Schools mission statement? ›

The mission of Clarkston Community Schools is to create a learning environment where students, staff, and families are challenged, healthy, engaged, safe, and supported.

How many middle schools are in Clarkston? ›

Clarkston Community Schools is a highly regarded school district with an enrollment of approximately 7,500 students. We have seven elementary schools (K-5), one middle school serving grades 6-7, one junior high for grades 8-9, and Clarkston High School, which serves students in grades 10-12.

How many students are in Clarkston High School? ›

Why do some schools sell junk food? ›

It can take the place of a meal or help fill out an inadequate meal. Without snacks, students may fall asleep or have trouble paying attention in class. On the economic side, junk-food sales and the recycling of aluminum cans provide a steady income for school organizations.

Who is the superintendent of Clarkston schools? ›

Superintendent Dr. Shawn Ryan - Clarkston Community Schools.

Are Clarkston schools school of choice? ›

The award-winning Clarkston Community offers limited open-enrollment ("schools-of-choice") opportunities for students of all ages.

What is the goal of school community? ›

The “school community” concept is closely related to the concepts of voice and shared leadership, which generally seek to broaden the involvement of more individuals, and more diverse viewpoints, in the governance and programming in a school or district.

Where do US school lunches come from? ›

Agencies that participate in the program are reimbursed from two sources: the USDA and the State of California. State reimbursement is paid for all free and reduced price meals. Federal reimbursement is paid for all free, reduced price, and paid meals.

What percentage of food waste comes from schools? ›

According to a report by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), 8% of all wasted food comes from institutional and foodservice settings. These settings would include places like hospitals and schools.

Where do students typically find junk food? ›

Enter any school building in the United States, and chances are you will find some type of junk food being consumed by the student population. Whether listed on the cafeteria menu, distributed in hallway vending machines, or brought from home, junk food is a staple in most American schools.

Where do most people get their food? ›

About 89 percent of households do their primary grocery shopping at supermarkets or supercenters. The types of stores used for food shopping do not vary by SNAP or WIC participation or food security status.


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