Food & Nutrition 

Our Office Has Moved!

Find us at Bates School, 2704 Baker Rd. Dexter MI 48130, effective 2/17/2020.

Food & Nutrition Support for Students:

Starting on Tuesday, March 17th, DCS will offer breakfast and lunch to any child 18-years of age or younger who attends DCS or lives in the community. This includes children who are younger than 5-years of age. Special Education Students under 26-years of age with a current IEP also qualify. Meals will be distributed as bagged meals with multiple days of food.

Drive-up pickup will start on Tuesday (tomorrow) in the Mill Creek Parking Lot. Drive-up pickup will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays. Each pickup will include breakfast and lunch for 7 days worth per child. If demand for food ever exceeds our estimates, we will host additional pickup days/times. For families who cannot come in to pick up food or have special dietary needs, we have established a hotline number to call - 734-424-4186. Children do not have to be present with their parents to pick up food.

We are able to offer up to 2 meals per day for every child in our district through specific funding from the State of Michigan and the Federal Funds. Please do not hesitate to participate in this opportunity. We will not deny any kids food and are prepared to support ANY child with at least two meals per day from now through April 13th. Please do not feel as if you are taking resources from someone else. This is a special program to support ALL kids at a challenging time for all families.


Dexter Food and Nutrition offers convenient and nutritious meals for all students, as well as snacks with beverages for students in K-6th grades. All the information on this page is contained in our easily printed Program Guide Please click the items below for specific information on each topic. Forms for all programs are in the right-side menu. 

Free and Reduced Price Meals

Free and Reduced Price Meals

Free and reduced price benefits are available to us from the Federal Government. Here is an explanation of the Free and Reduced Price Meals Program. Here are compiled answers to Frequently Asked Questions about this program. 

We welcome applications at any time during the school year. If you think you may qualify, please fill out the Free and Reduced Meals Application. Applications are also available in your school cafeteria and school office. 

New! Instead of using the paper application, you can apply for free and reduced meals online using

Send completed paper applications, sealed in an envelope, to Jennifer Mattison, Food Service Director, to your school office or mail to 7714 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, MI 48130.

Paying for Meals

Paying for Meals

We use a meal account debit system.

Cash and Check Payments
Parents can make deposits to their child's account using cash or check payments. These payments can be given to the school office or cafeteria staff. If mailing check payments, please direct them to the address at right. You will need your student ID number(s) to set up accounts; these can be obtained from your school office. 

Credit Card Payments
You may also make credit card deposits using That service charges a $1.75 fee per transaction. You may use the Send Money To School account to check your child's balance at any time without charge. When your child has a low balance, we send a reminder via email. Parents may control their child's F&N spending by setting limits and/or blocking certain purchases. Contact us using the info at right to customize your child's account.

School Breakfasts

School Breakfasts

Breakfasts include three of the following components regulated by federal guidelines:

  • Breads and/or grains - e.g., pancakes, french toast or breakfast pastries
  • Meat/meat alternates - e.g., cheese stick, yogurt or egg
  • Fruits - e.g., fresh whole fruit, low sugar canned fruit, grape tomatoes
  • Vegetables – e.g., romaine, kale, baby carrots, or grape tomatoes
  • Milk - an 8 oz. serving

The USDA strictly specifies portion size, as well as allowable calories, saturated fat and sodium content of each breakfast.  Students must choose at least 3 items, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable, to receive school breakfast pricing. Above examples are not all encompassing, nor are they served every day.

School Lunches

School Lunches

Lunches include five components regulated by federal guidelines:

  • Breads and/or grains – e.g., rice, barley, quinoa, a hamburger bun, pizza crust
  • Meat/meat alternative – e.g., chicken, beef, turkey, cheese, beans, yogurt, soybeans, or peanut butter
  • Fruits - e.g., fresh whole fruit, low sugar canned fruit, grape tomatoes
  • Vegetables – e.g., romaine, kale, baby carrots, or grape tomatoes
  • Milk – an 8 oz. serving.

The USDA strictly specifies portion size, as well as allowable calories, saturated fat and sodium content of each school meal. Students must choose at least three components, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable, to receive school lunch pricing, but we encourage them to choose all five. Above examples are not all encompassing, nor are they served every day.

Snack and Beverage Program

Snack & Beverage Program

We offer a snack and beverage program for grades K-6. You may select:

  • Beverage (white or low-fat chocolate milk, 100% fruit juice, or water) $80 per year
  • Snack (fresh fruit, string cheese, or wholegrain crackers) $80 per year
  • Combination Snack and Beverage: $145 per year.

Snack & beverage programs may be purchased by the full year only. Please use this snack/beverage application, or pay through PaySchools. If payment is a financial hardship, please contact the Student Accounts Manager at 424-4185 to arrange a payment plan.

Sport Sacks (Athletic Team Snacks)

Food & Nutrition offers a Sport Sack program where parents can sign up their athlete to receive a meal on game days. Meals include a sandwich, vegetable, fruit, chip, sport drink and a cookie.

The process is simple - select days, based on the game schedule, to receive Sport Sacks on the team form, which will be provided by your coach. Any combination of days may be chosen.

If you are interested in participating in the Sport Sack program, talk with your coach so that they can set it up with Food & Nutrition to coordinate meals for the team, pick up, cooler drop off, etc.


Here is an example of a Sport Sack form

Summer Food Service Programs

Michigan Department of Education  Office of School Support Services 


The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low income children. This federally funded meal program can be sponsored by public and private non-profit schools, residential camps, colleges or universities participating in the National Youth Sports Program, government agencies, and other private non-profit organizations. 


The SFSP is a Child Nutrition Program that feeds children during school summer vacations. It uses meal patterns similar to those used in other federal child nutrition programs. The SFSP Income Eligibility Standards are the same as those used for reduced-price eligibility in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. The SFSP is operated at the local level by program sponsors and is administered in Michigan by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), Office of School Support Services. 


  1. Children who are 18 years of age or younger.
  2. Disabled persons, regardless of age, who are determined by MDE or a local public educational agency (school district or public school academy) to be mentally or physically disabled and who participate in a public or non-profit private school program established for the mentally or physically disabled. 


(Here is a printable summary of the above Summer Food Service Information.)


Sharing Information

Based in the information on your Application for Free and Reduced Priced School Meals, your child may qualify for other scholarship programs. For the following programs, we must have your permission to share your information:

  • your child's school
  • Dexter Community Education
  • Dexter Schools Athletics Department 

Sending in this form will not change whether your children get free or reduced price meals. Complete the form below and return to Dexter Food & Nutrition if you would like to share this information. 

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600(voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027 online,  or at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail, fax, or email:


U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442


This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 


Posted 11/25/2019 11:00AM
Dexter Food and Nutrition staff provide the best available ingredients serve Dexter students meals that appeal to both the eye and the appetite.
Posted 06/21/2019 10:09AM
Kindergarten students from Anchor visited Creekside last week to tour the gardens and deliver worms for the school's composting program.
Contact Us
  • Food and Nutrition
    Bates School
    2704 Baker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130
  • M-F  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • (734) 424-4100 
    Jennifer Mattison ext. 1501
    Roxanne Maze  ext. 1502
    Dara Wandyg, Student Accounts ext. 1503
  • Director Jennifer Mattison
  • Dexter Community Schools  734-424-4100
  • Bates School, 2704 Baker Rd.
    Dexter, MI 48130 
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