Food Service

Serving Hot Breakfast & Lunch

Meal Magic Program

At Detroit Cristo Rey High School, all meals are prepared on-site daily. Every student receives one free breakfast and one free lunch daily, and the Meal Magic system tracks student meals.

Detroit Cristo Rey participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) as part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The GREAT NEWS is that ALL students enrolled at our school can receive one healthy breakfast and one lunch at NO CHARGE to your household each day.

In place of the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application, we still need your household to complete a Household Information Report. This report is critical in determining the amount of money that our school receives from a variety of state and federal supplemental programs like Title I A, At-risk (31a), Title II A, E-Rate, etc.

These supplemental programs have the potential to offer support and services for our students including, but not limited to:

  • Instructional supports (staff, supplies & materials, etc.)
  • Non-instructional services (counseling, social work, health services, etc.)
  • Professional learning for staff
  • Parent and community engagement supplies and activities
  • Technology

Each year, families are asked to complete and submit the Household Information Report to ensure that additional funding for our school is available to meet the needs of our students. All information on the report submitted is confidential. Without your assistance in completing and returning the report, our school cannot maximize the use of available state and federal funds. The USDA and the State of Michigan are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Food Service Staff

Ms. Amber Powell
Food Service Manager

Ms. Viola Anaya
Food Service Attendant

Ms. Marcia Frank
Food Service Attendant

Meal Magic Account Setup

To set up your Meal Magic account and fill out the Household Information Report, visit the Meal Magic Family Portal. You will need your student’s ID number to enroll. You may contact the school for these ID numbers.

To make online payments, login to the family portal and enter “Archdiocese of Detroit” as the school district.

Meal Program Online Payments

Each student can receive up to one free breakfast and one free lunch daily. Any additional meals and snacks must be paid for in advance online. Please take advantage of the online option to prepay your student meal accounts. Prepaid meal accounts help the lunch lines go faster and give students more time to eat and relax. It also gives you the peace of mind of not having to worry about looking for lunch money every day or worry that it might get lost, stolen or used for things other than lunch.

Online Payments

Detroit Cristo Rey High School in partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit (AOD) School Food Program is proud to welcome Meal Magic as the recent upgrade to our program. One feature that Meal Magic allows is greater accessibility to your child’s lunch account. You can now go online and make deposits, check balances and see account history.

Online deposits can be credited to your student’s account in as little as 20 minutes. There is a small fee for online deposits. We accept Discover, MasterCard & Visa credit cards, e-funds (from your bank account), and debit cards. There is no fee to access account balances and/or history. You can even transfer funds deposited amongst your students if the payments were made online.

Any positive balance remaining at the end of a school year will be available for the next school year or transfer with the student if the student moves to another school that uses Meal Magic. Negative balances must be paid in full by the end of the school year.

Food Allergies & Special Dietary Needs

We recognize the critical importance of our approach in supporting students and families who manage food allergy issues every day and work closely with the families of students who have food allergies and medical conditions that require a modification to their menu.

If you would like your child to receive meal accommodations for food allergies or a medical condition impacting their diet, please ensure that you submit the required documentation by emailing the completed form to and that you receive confirmation that the documentation has been received and a modification plan is in place.

In order to modify the school meal, we must have a written Medical Statement on file signed by a licensed medical provider (physician, physician assistant or nurse practitioner). The statement must identify the following:

  • Information about the child’s impairment that is sufficient for understanding how it restricts the child’s diet
  • An explanation of what must be done to accommodate the child’s disability
  • If appropriate, the food(s) to be omitted, texture modifications and recommended substitutions.

For children currently receiving meal accommodations, please contact the AOD School Food Program Office to review the meal accommodation plan, which may require additions or amendments based on the ongoing supply chain issues.

As part of our protocol, our Food Service Managers review food labels for foods used to produce special meals daily; however, we are facing unprecedented food supply issues and while we are doing everything we can to minimize disruptions to our program, we do expect to experience continued shortages and substitutions. Therefore, we may encounter situations where product substitutions are made that contain different allergens or have a different nutritional profile than our usual menu items. As a result, we may need to provide a meal that is different than previously identified for students with special dietary needs to ensure that the meal served to them remains in adherence to their needs as outlined in their medical forms.

While we have posted signs in the cafeteria encouraging students with food allergies or other dietary concerns to speak up, we encourage you to remind your child to be sure to check with Ms. Amber Powell regarding product substitutions that may not be reflected in the posted menu.

If you have any questions regarding food service payments, Food Allergies, or Special Dietary Needs, please contact the Food Service Program office at 313-843-2747 or by email at