Athlos Leadership Academy

School Meals

ALA provides a healthy breakfast and lunch each school day.
We participate in the School Breakfast Program (SBP). Students will have the opportunity to pick up a grab and go breakfast from the cafeteria between 7:25 and 7:45 AM to bring back to their classroom to eat.
We participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Students will eat lunch in the cafeteria with their grade level at their assigned lunch time.
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.
All students have a meal account and are assigned a pin number to use when they go through the cafeteria line to purchase meals.  Milk and second slices of pizza are served on a pre-paid basis, and parents/guardians may purchase any number of these in advance at Athlos Leadership Academy’s office through the Student Accounts Coordinator (cash) or by putting funds in the student’s meal account through their Campus Parent Portal. Personal checks will not be accepted.

There is no fee to pay online through the Campus Parent Portal. When you make a payment, a confirmation email will be sent to you as a receipt or you may print out a receipt. Parents can elect to receive an email alert when meal balances fall below a specific level that they determine. Parents can also elect to set up their Campus Payments account so that any time a student account is below a specified balance, the parent’s credit/debit card can be automatically charged to ensure that there is always money in your student’s meal account. Parents can see all transactions made against their student’s account so that parents can monitor their child’s meal purchases. 

*Instructions on how to add money to your lunch account in parent portal can be found below.
When school isn’t in session during the summer, kids 18 and under can receive free meals at locations that include park and recreation sites, community centers, libraries and schools. No registration is required.
Our Free Meals for Kids mobile app will help you locate meal sites and features other resources.
The app shows distance and directions to the nearest site for free meals at hundreds of Minnesota locations during summer school closures, as well as on weekends and during school breaks.
Developed with the Minnesota Department of Education, the app provides each site’s menu and hours.
Meal Costs
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 -- Free
            Paid Breakfast                    Single Meal -- Free
            Milk Only                            Single Milk -- $.50
            Extra Slice of Pizza             Pizza day only -- TBD
Free or Reduced Meals
Our school offers healthy meals each day. Starting school year 2023-24, we are joining Minnesota’s Free School Meals Program. All students can get one breakfast and one lunch free of charge each day at school. Although no application is required to receive this free meal benefit, filling out the Application for Educational Benefits is still important! Your child(ren) may qualify for other benefits like reduced fees at school. Your application may also help the school qualify for education funds, discounts, and other meal programs.
All Athlos Leadership Academy families are encouraged to apply! 
If you would like to apply for free or reduced-price school meals, please complete an Application for Educational Benefits following the instructions.
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. 

The paper 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.  


Paper 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.


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.




Negative Balances

Please see the link below for Athlos Leadership Academy's Unpaid Meal Charge and Debt Collection Procedure. A PDF document of this procedure is also posted on this page.

ALA Unpaid Mail Charge and Debt Collection Procedure


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. 

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. You can also download the Medical Statement Paperwork below.
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, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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 (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442


Email [email protected]


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.