School Meals

Youth Center School Meals - National School Lunch Program

School Food Authority Release And Policy Statement For Providing Free Meals to Ingham County Youth Center Youth/Residents

All youth/residents within the Custody of Ingham County Youth Center are wards of the Court and/or the Court has authorized removal of the youth/residents from their parents into the care of Department of Human Services (Act-150). All youth/residents within our custody are not permitted to earn, receive, or retain any money while in our custody.

The School Food Authority (SFA) accepts responsibility for providing free meals and/or free milk and after school snacks to youth/children in the custody of Ingham County Youth Center.  The Facility/Site/SFA assures the Michigan Department of Education that the Facility/Site/SFA will administer all policies and regulations under the USDA National School Lunch Program.

All Youth/residents receive three (3) meals and a snack each day.  The facility never withholds food as a form of punishment or to induce a particular type of behavior.

Wellness Policy

The Ingham County Youth Center shall identify goals for nutritional education, physical activity, and other education-based activities that are designed to promote resident wellness and foster lifelong habits of healthy eating and physical activity.  The ICYC shall follow all U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines as they become implemented.  The Wellness Policy shall be made available to staff, residents, and families by placing a copy of it in the staff manual, classroom, resident manual and on the facility website.

ICYC shall form a committee to develop, implement, monitor, and review a Wellness Policy.  The committee will consist of the Head Cook, Director, Grant Coordinator, and a health teacher. The Wellness Committee shall meet at least every 3 years or less to review nutrition and physical activity policies and to develop an action plan for the coming year/s as necessary.  The committee will meet more often as needed.

Nutritional education is an important component of programming at the Ingham County Youth Center.  Juvenile Detention Food Service staff will receive mandatory annual training in basic nutrition and will be encouraged to attend/complete one other training in the area of nutrition/food science. The Head Cook will be certified in  Servsafe. 


  • Provide a nutrition class, at least monthly, which teaches residents skills to make healthy eating choices.
  • Conduct classes with the residents, when security issues allow, providing hands-on training regarding food preparation, reading recipes, proper sanitation, etc.
  • Have kitchen staff participate in annual in-service training.

 Ingham County Youth Center shall promote and support healthy eating by its’ residents. 

Promote whole grains, low fat dairy, and increase quantity and variety of fruits and vegetables.

  • Cut back on fats, added sugars and sodium levels.
  • Display nutrition and health posters in various areas of the facility such as dining room, classroom, and medical room.
  • Promote resident participation in facility vegetable garden.
  • Have all staff eat with residents, consuming the same meals and acting as role models for the residents while also providing supervision.
  • Never withhold meals or snacks as punishment.

Physical activity shall be daily and compulsory.  All residents shall participate in 60 minutes of guided physical activity daily.  Accommodations will be made for limitations, such as asthma, traumatic injury (broken bones, sprains, etc.), neuromuscular disease, etc.

Educational groups shall also be held by the Juvenile Detention Specialists during Physical Activity time and also the science teacher, to educate residents about the concepts of wellness.  Topics such as nutrition, body-building pros and cons, exercise, and diet fads and myths, will be addressed.  The groups will generally be interactive and impact information about wellness.

Assessments or evaluations will be repeated every three years to help review policy compliance, assess progress, and determine areas in need of improvement. As part of that review, the Youth Center and Ingham Academy will review the nutrition and physical activity policies; provision of an environment that supports healthy eating and physical activity; and nutrition and physical education policies and program elements. The school nutrition program will, as necessary, revise the wellness policies and develop work plans to facilitate their implementation.