Meals & hybrid learning
Free breakfast and lunch are served to students in school on their in-person learning days in the hybrid model.
Meals & distance learning
Free breakfast and lunch will be offered for curbside pickup Tuesdays from 11:30am – 1:00pm. Our five day meal kits from Lancer Dining Services contain five breakfasts, five lunches, and ten milks. We also offer free dry goods from Every Meal for pick up. You do not need to sign up for these meals; simply come to pick them up at door C at the scheduled times.
All Children 18 and Under in the Community.
- Meals are FREE to anyone in the community, 18 and under. No need to be enrolled at Athlos Leadership Academy.
- Thanks to a USDA waiver, parents/guardians are able to pick up meals without their children present. Kids, parents, guardians, and siblings can pick up one 5 day meal kit per child, per week on Tuesdays from 11:30-1:00pm.
- We also have free dry goods available from Every Meal for pick up.
- Meals are provided until the end of distribution or we run out. There is no preorder needed for the meal kit pick up at this time.
*Despite meals being free through June 2021, it is still very important all families fill out an application for meal benefits. Qualifying for educational benefits means a student(s) will have access to free breakfast and lunch, as well as provides critical funding for the school. Click here for the meal benefits application.
ALA provides a healthy lunch and breakfast each school day. Meal costs are listed below unless a student’s parent applies and qualifies for free and reduced lunch on behalf of their student. 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.
The cost for reduced, paid lunch, and milk is as follows:
-Free/Reduced Lunch (Single Meal) - Free
-Free/Reduced Breakfast (Single Meal) - Free
-Paid Lunch (Single Meal) - $3.50
-Paid Breakfast (Single Meal) - $2.50
-Milk Only (Single Milk) - $0.50
-Extra Slice of Pizza (Pizza day only) - $2.50
Free or Reduced Meals
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
. 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.
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
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.