Important Information For

Pandemic EBT Benefits

Please read this important information if your child is a remote learner and is eligible for free and reduced meals.

The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) have been working on a program to provide for Pandemic-EBT benefits. The goal of the program is to make sure no child goes hungry by missing out on school meals.
Some families in surrounding districts have already seen a distribution of P-EBT benefits. However, due to the learning method VBPS has chosen for the year, our eligible remote families must apply for the benefits. To receive these benefits, please follow the following steps:
1. Use this link to initiate a Proof Document Request, which must be verified by the school. Once you have initiated and submitted the proof document request to the school, it will be completed and returned to you. If you have any questions on filling out the request, use this link for P-EBT Proof Document Instructions.
2. Use this link to complete a Reconsideration Form. If you have any questions filling out this form, call 833-905-0028 or visit https://www.michigan.gov/PEBT.
3. Email the completed documents from step 1 and 2 to the state at MDHHS-PEBT@michigan.gov.
For further information about these P-EBT benefits, please see the following helpful links:

If you have any questions, please reach out to the food service department at 734-697-0011, your school building, or Sara Cortese- Director of Finance at 734-697-1008.

VBPS Food Services Vision Statement

The vision of the Van Buren Public Schools Food Service Department is to promote excellence in food and nutrition services while keeping the student body happy, healthy and well fed. To educate students on the importance of making nutritious and healthy food choices, and the impact it can have throughout their lives.

Free Meals through June 2021

The US Department of Agriculture has provided school districts the flexibility to provide free meals to all children through June, 2021.  This applies to both in-person and remote students. 

- If your student is attending school in-person, your child can pick-up their breakfast and lunch at no charge through the normal cafeteria process of their building. 

- If your student is a remote learner and would like a school breakfast and lunch, you will need to register for each day that you will be picking up meals by using the link below. You can register ahead of time or until 8:00 AM each morning. If you have not registered by 8:00 AM, no meals will be available for your remote learner that day. Pick-up will be available at Belleville High School on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 3:00 to 4:00 PM, and Thursday from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. You will enter on the west side of the high school where the sign says Visitor Parking & Student Drop-Off, then follow the loop around to the west athletic wing to door D2. You can park in the loop and come to the door to pick up your daily meals.

Daily remote learner meal registration form: https://forms.gle/4PQcJhL4fXfVNzaE9

Eat @ School, You’ll Rule!! :-)

  • Anyone may apply for free or reduced priced meals.
  • Eligibility is based on federal income guidelines and the number of people in your household.
  • Application information is kept strictly confidential and use primarily to determine meal eligibility and Title I benefits.
  • Please complete the entire application.
  • Incomplete applications will be returned, unprocessed.
  • This is a federal requirement and no exceptions can be made.
  • If you have more than one child in our district, all children can be put on one application.
  • While your application is being processed, we recommend that you provide your child with either a bag lunch or money to purchase meals.
  • Allow at least 10 days for applications to be processed.
  • You will receive an "Approval/Denial" letter with the results of the application indicating free/reduced or denied status which will supersede your child's temporary eligibility.

Fill out your application here: 
Online Free & Reduced Lunch Application


PaySchools is a secure way to pay online for your student's lunches. In order to fund your child's lunch account, please follow the steps below:

  1. Login to the ParentConnect Portal with your PIN and Password. Your school secretary can assist you if you need this information.
  2. Click on your student's name, and you will see a variety of options on the menu at left.
  3. Click on the Cafeteria link in the menu at left
  4. Click on the "Online Food Service Payment" at far right.
  5. Enter the amount you would like to add to your student's cafeteria account.
  6. Follow the prompts to enter your payment information. 

Questions? Call the Food Service Office at 734-697-0011.
We will be happy to assist you.

Non-Discrimination 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 (eg: 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, found online at USDA Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Discrimination Complaint Filing 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:


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


(202) 690-7442



USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.