Menus & Nutrition

Athlos Academy of St. Cloud is committed to providing healthy food choices to our students and maintaining high nutritional standards by offering delicious menu choices.

All meals meet the nutrition requirements for the School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch Program as defined by the USDA.

We are pleased to inform you that Athlos Academy of St. Cloud will again be implementing a provision available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for school year 2023-2024. It is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

All students enrolled in a CEP school are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day of the 2023-2024 school year. No further action is required. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.

However, you may need to complete the CEP alternate income form. Our school is eligible to receive additional state and federal funds based on the number and/or percentage of students enrolled who reside in households that meet established federal income guidelines. We use the Alternate Application for Educational Benefits to collect household information. The application also helps our school qualify for education funds and discounts. If you receive an application, please help our school by completing and mailing the form to Athlos Academy of St. Cloud School Nutrition or emailing  You can also download and print the application by clicking below.

Summer Eats Program


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.

Download the free app

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Paying for Meals

Athlos Academy of St. Cloud is currently a CEP (Community Eligibility Provision) school. All students enrolled in a CEP school are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to your household each day for the school year.

In the event that Athlos Academy of St. Cloud’s participation in the CEP program changes, and reverts back to the regular National school breakfast and lunch program, you will be notified prior to the start of the school year. At that time, this unpaid meal charge and debt collection policy will go into effect.

Cash is accepted at the front office, or you may make secure online payment through your “parent portal” account.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has a special dietary need. May they still participate in the school meal program at their school?

Yes, but a Special Dietary Needs Request must be submitted to Food and Nutrition Services to ensure that proper foods are provided.

Under federal regulations, a Special Dietary Needs Request must be completed by a licensed physician, physician assistant, or an advanced practice registered nurse, such as a certified nurse practitioner.

Personal or religious food preferences such as vegan, vegetarian or halal, do not meet the definition of a disabling or non-disabling medical condition for which a special school meal will be provided. Families and students are encouraged to become familiar with the school meal menu to identify the days when these menu options are readily available.

Forms may also be requested by contacting the school’s office.

How do you manage food allergies at school?

Managing food allergies in school is a team effort; our kitchen staff work collaboratively with school administration and our school nurse to ensure that the needs of students with food allergies are addressed. On a daily basis, our menus provide students with menu choices allowing each child to select food items that meet their taste preferences and allergy needs.

If your child has a special diet concern, please be sure to complete the Special Dietary Needs Request form and submit a copy to the main office. Accommodations will be made as necessary.

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

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:

(1) Mail:

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.