Athlos Leadership Academy

School Meals

ALA provides a healthy lunch and breakfast each school day. We also have a daily snack time where all students are welcome to bring in a healthy snack to eat at their designated snack time.
Free or Reduced Meals

The United States Department of Agriculture is allowing schools to provide meals for the 2021-2022 school year through a provision of the National School Lunch Program called the Seamless Summer Option (SSO). A waiver has been issued in order to support access to nutritious meals while minimizing potential exposure to COVID-19. Our school has chosen to use this waiver and operate the SSO which enables us to provide meals free of charge for all students. No application is required to receive this free meal benefit.

However, your child(ren) may qualify for additional benefits such as reduced fees or the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) which is a federal temporary emergency nutrition benefit that is loaded onto electronic cards for families to purchase food. At public schools, your application also helps the school qualify for education funds and discounts. 

Athlos families are encouraged to complete the Meal Benefit Application through their Campus Parent Portal account. For families that are new to Athlos Leadership Academy or that have never accessed their account, instructions and account activation codes will be emailed in the coming weeks.


*Instructions on how to complete the application in the portal can be found below. 

Your child may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals. All Athlos Leadership Academy families are encouraged to apply.  State funds help to pay for reduced-price school meals, so all students who are approved for either free or reduced-price school meals will receive school meals at no charge. 
If you would like to apply for free or reduced-price school meals, please complete an Application for Educational Benefits following the instructions. The application and accompanying letter can be found below or by stopping by the front desk at ALA. Eligibility does not carry over from the previous school year. Anyone wishing to apply for the current school year MUST submit a new application. Keep in mind that if you apply and it is determined that you don’t qualify now, you may apply again at any time during the school year.  Your application also helps our school qualify for education funds and discounts.
Applications can be faxed, emailed, mailed or dropped off at the school during business hours. To ensure timely receipt and processing, mail and emails containing Applications for Educational Benefits should be addressed to Athlos Leadership Academy School Nutrition, [email protected]. In order to return the applications via email, they must be signed and scanned in. Applications must be completely filled out and signed in order to be processed.
Please note that if the application is not submitted for processing prior to your student’s start date, your family will begin incurring meal charges regardless of lunch program status. If you qualify for free or reduced-price school meals, the benefit will ONLY start once we receive your application. The benefit cannot be backdated.  You will be responsible for any charges accrued before we receive your application. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. Until an eligibility determination is made, and a letter is sent to the parent/guardians, the student is required to pay the full price of any meal.  If you have any questions or need help filling out the application please feel free to call or stop by the school. We are happy to assist you in filling out the paperwork.


Food Supply Chain Disruptions and National School Lunch Program

Nationwide there is disruption in the food supply chain that is affecting all aspects of food service including but not limited to the school segment. This disruption is a fallout from the current global pandemic. This disruption is a direct result of one or more of the following contributing factors:


  •      Lack of availability of raw ingredients to produce the products
  •      Labor – there is simply not enough active workforce to produce the food products and to unload incoming raw and finished products.
  •      Transportation – There are insufficient numbers of drivers to haul the food throughout our nation.


These factors will have an impact on the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs in our district and across America. Our School Nutrition department will be working closely with our food distributor to source healthy menu options that meet the federal guidelines for Child Nutrition Programs. However, all meals served at our district are subject to change based on availability, so we are asking you to keep this in mind when review the printed and on-line menus for the upcoming school year. 


Some links for points of reference



Negative Balances

In the event of forgotten lunch money, students may only charge two lunches (a total of $7.00) to their account before payment is expected to bring the account current. Students that have a negative meal balance will not be issued a regular school menu lunch, but will receive a courtesy cheese sandwich and drink until the lunch balance is paid off. If a student receives a courtesy cheese sandwich for 3 consecutive days without the account being brought positive, the Student Accounts Coordinator will require the family to come in for a meeting to settle the student account. Athlos will work with families on a payment plan if needed. Please see the parent handbook for further details regarding unpaid bills.

Student Account Refunds
In the event that your student de-enrolls or graduates from Athlos Leadership Academy, student account refunds will be issued upon request.  To obtain a refund, a parent or legal guardian must complete and sign a Request for Refund or Transfer of Cafeteria Funds form and submit it to the Student Accounts Coordinator.  These forms are available in the school office or by clicking the link here.  
Food Allergies
School Food Authorities (SFAs) are required to make substitutions to meals for children with a disability that
restricts the child’s diet on a case-by-case basis and only when supported by a written statement from a state
licensed healthcare professional, such as a physician, who is authorized to write medical prescriptions under state law.

SFAs are not required to accommodate special dietary requests that do not constitute a disability, including
requests related to religious or moral convictions or personal preference.  In order to review your student’s needs and provide appropriate accommodations, a medical statement must be completed and submitted to the school by a licensed physician, physician’s assistant, or an advanced practice registered nurse, such as a certified nurse practitioner. The medical statement must be completed on letterhead from the medical office and must include the name, medical title, mailing address, phone number and fax number of the medical professional who issued the medical statement.

If your child has a disability, please take the Medical Statement paperwork to your child’s physician. Paperwork
must be completed in full before submitting it to the school for review.
Birthday Treats and Special Occasions
In order to promote the safety of those with food allergies, all ALA families wishing to celebrate a student's birthday, personal achievement or other special occasion may only bring in non-food items to share with classrooms. (Pencils, stickers, etc.) Families and students may not bring food items to share with the class.  Please contact the classroom teacher at least 24 hours prior to the day you wish to bring the non-food treats so that the classroom teacher may plan the daily schedule accordingly for the celebration.
Balloons, signs, flowers, singing messages will not be allowed at Athlos Leadership Academy.  
The only food items allowed on campus by students and families are those items included in a student's lunch or morning snack.  

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.


Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:



U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


Fax (202) 690-7442; or


Email [email protected]


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.