Food Services

Is good nutrition important for good learning? In a word, YES!  Because nutrition affects a child's ability to learn, kids need to eat healthy to do well in school. The Gaylord Community Schools' cafeterias provide well-balanced, nutritious and healthy meals every day for our children.



Free & Reduced Meals

You may apply for free/reduced meals by completing a printable free/reduced lunch application or apply online. You can  apply and/or reapply at any time during the school year.  If you qualify for free/reduced lunch, you are automatically qualified for free or reduced breakfast too.  If your income or household size changes during the year, you may reapply again at that time.  If your child brings a cold lunch to school and is eligible for free/reduced price meals, they must pay $.40 for milk.  If you have any questions, please contact Sandra Matelski at (989)705-3040.


SendMoneyToSchool allows you to:

  • Check Balances
  • Make Payments
  • Monitor Student Purchases

It's FREE to:

  • Sign up for the program
  • Monitor student purchases
  • View student account balances 24/7
  • Receive notifications when your student's balance is low

With SendMoneyToSchool you can:

  • Make payments to your student's lunch account using a credit card, debit card, or e-check
  • Check account balances free anytime at

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PDF DocumentSendMoneyToSchool Instructions 



Choose My Plate Website

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Free or Reduced rates are available for qualifying families. Determining your eligibility is fast, easy and confidential and you can reapply at anytime during the school year if your family's circumstances change for any reason.

Families that qualify for free or reduced meals are eligible to receive a hot and nutritious breakfast, lunch, or both every day.

Please call the Child Nutrition Office at 989-705-3040 with any questions.

External LinkFree/Reduced Online Application (LunchApp)
PDF DocumentFree & Reduced Meal Application Instructions 2020-21
PDF DocumentFree & Reduced Meal Application 2020-21
PDF DocumentFree & Reduced Meal FAQ's 2020-21

Nutrition Services Mission and New Guidelines

PDF DocumentFinal Rule Nutrition Standards
PDF DocumentSmart Snacks in School - USDA Standards

Healthy Snacks

Gaylord Community Schools Food Service Department will have healthy snacks available for purchase for classroom activities.
PDF DocumentHealthy Snacks

Wellness Policy

PDF DocumentWellness Policy