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.

Pandemic EBT Information

Please read this important information if your child 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 continuing the 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. 

Students that qualify for free and reduced meals are eligible for the P-EBT benefit if they have missed school due to COVID or if they are learning remotely (our BOS program). However, families will need to apply for the benefits because VBPS provided in-person learning options all year. In order to apply, please follow this link to complete the 2022 PEBT Reconsideration Form (one student per form). Once you have completed the required fields, click submit and choose the building where your student is enrolled. The building will confirm the dates you entered for remote learning or out of school due to COVID, and our food service department will enter the free and reduced eligibility date. You will then get a link to a PDF of the complete document that you can either print and mail to the address on the form, or you can email it to MDHHS-PEBT@michigan.gov. Please note that the MDHHS form only provided space to claim 5 months at a time, so BOS families needing to submit for the full year will need to do this process twice. The deadline to submit reconsideration forms to MDHHS is 6/30/2022. 

Further information about the P-EBT program can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/assistance-programs/food/pandemic-ebt.  


The US Department of Agriculture has provided school districts the flexibility to provide free meals to all children through June, 2022. Your child can pick-up their breakfast and lunch at no charge through the normal cafeteria process of their building. Please continue to fill out free and reduced meal applications, this information has a direct impact on our district funding that allows us to provide additional supports in the classroom. 


  • 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.


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.