Who is UFM?

Background and Experience of Unique Food Management, Inc.

Unique Food Management is a well-established, off-premise caterer located in Pontiac, Michigan, specializing in food services for Charter schools. The ┬áminority owned business started in September 1992, with a part time staff of a half dozen employees, three of which were owners. With dedication and perseverance, Unique Food Management has successfully grown into a full-service production kitchen with a staff of 52 employees that produce and deliver over 8,000 meals daily. The original owners continue to operate the business as a team, with their “Unique” approach to success: Work hard, appreciate your employees and give every customer exceptional service. After twenty years, this formula has proven to work for UFM.
The company has grown and diversified; providing contract catering services for Meals on Wheels in Wayne and Oakland counties, Headstart Programs, Pre K-12 Charter Schools, USDA-Sponsored Summer Meal Programs, and Private Catering. We are very proud that so many of our customers have allowed us to serve them for many years. We have served six of our thirteen school customers continuously for over ten years. Pontiac Academy of Excellence, our first school customer, has been with us continuously since they opened their doors in 1998.
Our team is concentrated on continuous improvement, while focusing on the quality of our meal delivery program. UFM does not waver from its full-time job of carefully listening to its customers and responding to their needs. We currently offer the following services for Charter Schools with students in Pre-K through Grade 12.

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  • Preschool/Headstart family-style meal service
  • MDE approved menu with a choice of three main entree combinations daily
  • Fully compliant nutritional analysis of a five week menu cycle
  • Component unitized breakfast, lunch, and supper meals ready to heat on site
  • Bulk cafeteria style meals delivered hot and ready to serve/or cold ready to heat on site
  • Breakfast prepackaged for the classroom or available bulk cafeteria style
  • After school snacks
  • A variety of special event catering
  • Support of MDE sponsored Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Program
  • All commercial NSF equipment for heating/cooling or meal service provided at no charge to the school
  • Food Service Staff Training including ServSafe training and certification
  • USDA Foods & Consortium Membership Participation
  • All meals are prepared in a HACCP compliant and State inspected production kitchen
  • All meals are delivered fresh daily in NSF approved, mechanically refrigerated trucks

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Our “Unique” Position in the Community

  • UFM is one of the largest minority owned businesses in the City of Pontiac; we employ 22 Pontiac residents.
  • We work directly with the Oakland County Children’s Village BRAVO program, providing a highly structured work experience in our kitchen for troubled males between the ages of 12-16. Under direct supervision, the students learn usable kitchen skills, and positive work ethics that will help them in their future.
  • UFM collaborates with Pontiac’s Kennedy Schools MOCI (Moderately Cognitively Impaired) Program and New Horizon’s Special Services providing vocational work training, and experience for high school and post high school students. We are very proud to have hired three students into permanent jobs.
  • UFM has partnered with Job Link Youth Program for several years. This program is focused on providing summer employment and after school job opportunities in the local community, to high school youths form low income families. Annually we provide jobs for up to twelve local teens, teaching them basic job skills and work ethics. Many of the youths we have employed throughout the years have been students of Pontiac Academy.
  • UFM is an externship training site for the Dorsey School of Culinary Arts. Several of these chef externs have assisted at PAE on various special catered events. One of these former externs, Sonya Riley now works at PAE as the food service coordinator.
  • UFM collaborates with McLaren Hospital to provide meals to the homeless at Pontiac’s Baldwin Shelter.
  • Since 1996, Pontiac Meals on Wheels (a division of UFM) has served Pontiac’s senior community delivering meals to homebound senior citizens five days per week. Every year Pontiac Meals on Wheels delivers a hot meal to those clients on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
  • UFM/Pontiac Meals on Wheels co-sponsors with AARP annually, a summer picnic at Pontiac’s Bowen Senior Center. Over 300 local seniors attend to discuss senior issues while sharing in a delicious, fresh grilled lunch.