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Clarkston Community Schools is now Hiring Cafe Helpers and Cooks

We are proud to announce our new partnership with Chartwells K12 to offer new and improved school lunches! With this new partnership, comes access to Nutrislice, an interactive menu website and a free smartphone app. You can access your menus (including allergy and nutrition information) anywhere, anytime!

Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Image result for nutrislice k12Clarkston Community Schools now publishes the school breakfast and lunch menus for all schools using Nutrislice. 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 can view 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. 


Google Play Apple App Store

Menu Prices

Elementary Prices

Breakfast: $1.50
Lunch: $2.90

Secondary Prices

Breakfast: $2.00
Lunch: $3.25-$3.50

Reduced Prices

Breakfast: $0.30
Lunch: $0.40


Online Meal Payments "Send Money to School"

Meal Payments

Prepay for meals online using a credit or debit card at There is a $2.00 fee for each transaction. Parents can access this site to check balances and meal purchases at any time.

Send Money to School  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.

Free & Reduced Price School Meal Application

Free/Reduced Lunch

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. Reduced prices are as follows: Breakfast $0.30 Lunch: $0.40.

Complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application online now at

http://www.lunchapp.comApplying 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.

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."

Meal Balance Information

All outstanding meal balances must be paid by May 2018. 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.

Summer Meal Program

Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens age 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. 

Nutrition Department Job Openings

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

Apply today!

What's Cooking? Find Out!

We share our knowledge about life-enhancing benefits of good nutrition with students, our families, and our communities.  In order to make good decisions about the foods they eat, we believe that students need two things: healthy options and the insight to choose wisely.  We go beyond the cafe with our nutrition education programs, setting the stage for smart dining decisions that will pave the way for a lifetime of success and well-being.

Chartwells LogoChartwells is excited to begin this new partnership with Clarkston Community Schools.  The Culinary Team is thrilled for the opportunity in this innovative school district and is excited to showcase Chartwells' culinary expertise, food experience, and nutrition education programming. Our team understands the importance of nutrition and strives to bring your children the freshest and healthiest foods possible.

Our innovative, web based, menu program will enhance your student's dining experience.  Nutrislice is a unique menu platform that allows everyone to view what is being served, view nutritional values, and view allergy information.  Chartwells is continuing to build a healthier and safer school environment through nutritious foods and full menu transparency. 

We're always working to offer Clarkston Community Schools students healthier and tastier choices. Our program initiatives include Locally Grown Foods, Healthy New Menus, Chef Partnerships, Student Tastings, and Nutrition Education.


Join Us for Breakfast!

Start your day the healthy way with breakfast at school! A variety of breakfast bars, cereal, muffins, bagels and hot breakfast items with fresh fruit, juice and low fat milk are available for students to purchase. 

Breakfast is available at: Andersonville Elementary, Independence Elementary, Pine Knob Elementary, Springfield Plains Elementary, North Sashabaw Elementary, Sashabaw Middle, Clarkston Junior High, Renaissance High, and Clarkston High School.


Matt Severson, Dining Services Director

Jason Puzio, Executive Chef
P: 248.623.8001
F: 248. 623.8010

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30am - 3pm

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