Welcome CHARTWELLS!!!!!


Mr. Darnell Pace,
Food Service Director
Phone: (734) 697-0011

Mr. Craig Ash,
District Chef
Phone: (734) 697-0011


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.


  • 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

Food Account Payments

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 civil rights 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 (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), 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.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

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

  2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

  3. email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Civil Rights Complaint Link: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf