Food Service

Chartwells Apple LogoChef John Ruemenapp

Director of Dining Services
 [email protected]
Phone:  269.441.8457
Fax:  269.441.2207

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Message from Chartwells K12 Regarding National Supply Chain Issues
September 2021

Over the past few months, you may have seen news stories about disruptions in the supply chain across the country, resulting from effects of the pandemic.  Industries, including food and foodservice, as well as construction and automotive, have been impacted by manufacturing and labor shortages across the country in ways that we’ve never experienced before. 

At Harper Creek Community Schools, students and families can continue to count us for great-tasting meals kids love to eat every day, but as you may have already seen, there will likely be more frequent menu changes based on product substitutions from our suppliers. 

Understanding these supply chain challenges will likely continue for the next several months, we wanted to reach out and let you know we’re doing everything we can to proactively address issues before they inevitably arise.  Working in partnership with Foodbuy, our group purchasing organization and the largest procurement organization in North America, some of the proactive steps we have taken, include:

We have changed our ordering schedules to allow distributors more time to identify new sources for out-of-stock products in the event it occurs.
We’ve identified alternate suppliers and products where we found that existing ones wouldn’t be able to meet our needs. For example, we learned our previous supplier for pizza dough would not be able to commit to serving our schools, so we contracted with a new one that can. 
In June, we planned menus for this fall and began placing orders for food at that time. This process was designed to help suppliers and distributors plan well ahead for stock we need to serve kids now.

If there’s one thing the past 18 months has proven, it’s that flexibility is in our DNA.  From turning cafeteria operations into emergency feeding programs overnight when the pandemic hit to serving kids in classrooms and through meal-kit pick up sites through the past school year, our team is passionate about the meals we serve your students and they’re skilled at quickly adapting to ensure that kids are always fed. 

One additional note for families with students who have allergies: please remind your child to be sure to check with the cafeteria manager regarding product substitutions that may not be reflected in the menu posted.  We will make every attempt to update Nutrislice in real-time, but out of an abundance of caution, please do not solely rely on the digital nutrition panels to accommodate allergies or medical conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your student’s meals, please don’t hesitate to reach out to John Ruemenapp, Director of Dining Services
Thank you in advance for your patience and flexibility during this time.

Free/Reduced Meals Application

A new Free and Reduced Meal Application must be completed every year for families applying for the benefit.  Please complete this confidential application even though you may never take advantage of the program.  Many educational grants are based on these applications.  Applications may be submitted easily online through Meal Magic. 

Free and Reduced Application Instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

Employment Opportunity

Harper Creek Food Services is looking for Food Service Associates.  Experience preferred but not required.

Contact John Ruemenapp at:
269.441.8457 or [email protected]

You may also stop in and pick up an application at Harper Creek Community Schools Administration (7454 B Drive North) or Harper Creek Food Service Office in the Harper Creek High School (12677 Beadle Lake Road).


Breakfast is Served Daily at All Buildings

Harper Creek High School

12677 Beadle Lake Road, Battle Creek, MI 49014
7:20 to 7:50 a.m.
Free to all students who qualify ~ $.30 reduced price ~ $1.70 full paid

Harper Creek Middle School

7290 B Drive North, Battle Creek, MI  49014
7:20 to 7:50 a.m.
Free to all students who qualify ~ $.30 reduced price ~ $1.70 full paid  

Beadle Lake Elementary

8175 C Drive North, Battle Creek, MI 49014
8:20 to 8:45 a.m.
Free to all students who attend Beadle Lake Elementary School

Sonoma Elementary

4640 B Drive South, Battle Creek, MI  49014
8:20 to 8:45 a.m.
Free to all students who qualify ~ $.30 reduced price ~ $1.45 full paid

Wattles Elementary

132 South Wattles Road, Battle Creek, MI  49014
8:20 to 8:45 a.m.
Free to all students who qualify ~ $.30 reduced price ~ $1.45 full paid


Meal Prices

Elementary Breakfast - $1.55
Elementary Lunch - $2.35
Secondary Breakfast - $1.80
Secondary Lunch - $2.45
Premium Meal - $3.00
Adult Breakfast - $1.50
Adult Lunch - $4.00
Reduced Breakfast -$.30
Reduced Lunch - $.40


Catering Menu and Price List

Chartwells Standards vs. Federal Government Standards

Chartwells vs. State of MI

Lunch App

Secondary Ala Carte Prices

School Menus

School Menus

Click on the apple icon for the school lunch menu and nutritional information.

Online Payment

It is now possible to pay for your child's lunch by debit or credit card. 

Send Money to School Lunch Instructions

Send Money to School Lunch Link