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.

School Menu

Breakfast Schedule

Grades K–3
7:45–8:15

Grades 4–8
8:00–8:20

Lunch Schedule

Kindergarten
10:45–11:10

1st Grade
11:00–11:25

6th Grade
11:15–11:40

3rd Grade
11:30–11:55

2nd Grade
11:50–12:15

5th Grade
12:15–12:40

4th Grade
12:20–12:45

7th & 8th Grade
12:35–1:00

Paying for Meals

Checks and cash are accepted at the front office, or you may make secure online payments with EZPay.
  • Checks should be made payable to Athlos Academy of St. Cloud.
  • If you do NOT wish to have your student receive a meal when their account balance reaches $0, fill out the Meal Waiver Form.

Meal Prices

Breakfast Lunch
Student paid meal $2.39 $3.00
Student reduced meal Free Free
Adult paid meal $3.00 $3.75
Alternative Meal n/a $1.50

All kindergarten students eat breakfast free of charge.

What is an alternative meal?

Alternative meals are provided to students with a negative lunch balance of $15.00 or greater. Student accounts will be billed a reduced price of $2.25. These meals will contain all components that constitute a reimbursable meal by the USDA. Please note that meals are ordered in advance and delivered to the school already prepared.  Payment to bring a student’s account current must be received by 10:00 p.m. on the day prior to the serving day in order to ensure that the student does not receive an alternative meal.

Free & Reduced Price Meals

Many students are eligible for free meals. To find out if your child qualifies, please return a completed application to the school.

It takes just a few minutes to apply and only one application needs to be completed for all children living in your household. Families should complete an application annually and whenever significant changes in income may occur.

Once completed, applications can be dropped off at the school office or mailed to the school. If you have questions regarding the Free and Reduced Priced application, contact the school office. Health benefits are offered through the state based on Free and Reduced-Priced application qualifications. Learn more (PDF).

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the National School Lunch Program?

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and non-profit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Additional information about the NSLP.

While we have some flexibility in what foods we offer to our students, we are required to plan our menus in accordance with guidelines set by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

These guidelines are designed to:

  • Increase the consumption of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains
  • Reduce the sodium and fat content of items served
  • Provide appropriate portion sizes for each age group

Which translates into the following for our students:

  • Students are required to take a fruit or vegetable with every meal
  • A weekly requirement of vegetable subgroups served to ensure a variety of vitamins and minerals are available
  • Weekly ranges of protein, grains, fruits, and vegetables, with daily minimums
  • The grains offered must be whole grain-rich products
  • Zero trans-fat in all items, and saturated fat limited to less than 10% of calories
  • Calorie ranges with minimum and maximum levels for each age group

How do I apply for free or reduced priced meal benefits for my child(ren)?

Paper applications for free or reduced priced meals are available for download in early August.

Once completed, paper applications can be dropped off at the school office or mailed to:

Athlos Academy of St. Cloud
Food and Nutrition Services
3701 33rd Street South
St. Cloud, MN 56301

How are families informed if they qualify for free or reduced price meal benefits?

Once processing is completed, families are mailed a letter identifying students’ eligibility for free, reduced or paid meals. From mid-August to late October, processing of meal benefit applications may take 7-10 days once received due to the large volume of forms received.

Families are encouraged to complete the current year application as early as possible to ensure that a student’s eligibility status is properly established early in the school year.

Do families need to complete an application for meal benefits each year?

If a student’s family is receiving benefits through the state of Minnesota, they will retain their prior year’s eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals.

All other families are urged to fill out a new application at the start of the school year as soon as it becomes available. This is important to avoid a negative meal balance.

Families are responsible for the cost of school meals prior to eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals being established.

Can I submit an application for school meal benefits anytime during the school year?

Yes. While applications for the current year are typically submitted between August through October if a family’s income or household size changes during the year an application can be submitted to determine eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals.

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 (when identifying a disability such as a life-threatening food allergy or diabetes) or a Recognized Medical Authority (RMA) when identifying a non-disabling medical condition such as a food intolerance. For Special Dietary Needs Request purposes, an RMA includes a Licensed Physician, Doctor of Osteopathy, Licensed Physician’s Assistant, ARNP or Licensed Naturopathic Physician.

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.

Listed below are the eight most common food allergies found among children and adults.

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: www.ascr.usda.gov, 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: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

FOCUSING ON HEALTH

Students are encouraged to drink plenty of water throughout the day. Water bottles with lids are welcome in classrooms.

Vending machines are not available on campus, and unhealthy foods may not be served during lunch times.

Parents who wish to bring class treats are encouraged to find healthy alternatives.

Health & Wellness Policy