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.
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:
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
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.
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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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.