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Vision Statement: Fueling Education One Tray at a Time


2021-2022 Important Information

Alcoa City Schools Nutrition Department is pleased to announce all student meals will be FREE for this school year. USDA Food & Nutrition Services still require school districts to take free and reduced applications. 
  • Breakfast (Research shows children who eat breakfast pay better attention in class, have fewer discipline problems, and can catch on to new learning more quickly.) 
  • No Student is allowed to charge a la carte or extra items.   
  • Lunch codes are provided so that parents/guardians and employees can pay on account to keep a positive balance for ala carte and/or extra items. Parents/Guardians can view their child’s account and their meal purchases through Skyward Family Access. Please contact your child’s school to get set up in Skyward if you have not already done so. 

Student Food Allergies

We need your help!

Does your child have a diagnosed food intolerance?
Does your child have a diagnosed food allergy?
Can you provide documentation from your child's doctor?
If an allergy is marked for a certain food, it must be accompanied by a signature from a medical doctor stating that an allergy exists. Please be aware that to remove an allergy, documentation also needs to occur from a doctor stating that the allergy no longer exists. An allergy for ACS nutrition/health services must have medical documentation.
Does your child simply not like a food item?
These questions are imperative for nurses, teachers, administration, and cafeterias. If your child is allergic to a food or food ingredient, cafe employees need to know so accommodations can be made for them. If they simply don't like a food item, cafes offer two breakfast (plus cereal daily) and two lunch entree options daily. Students are welcome to speak with Cafe Managers to learn of more options that may be available.

Benefits and Application Information


We Need Your Application

  • For free or reduced meal benefits, parents/guardians MUST complete a new application each year via an online application or paper application.
Online applications are accessible through Skyward Family Access.  
Paper applications are available through each school's front office.
  • Only 1 application is needed per family/household.
  • Only 1 application submission is required to apply for Food Service benefits. DO NOT complete both paper and online applications for one academic/school year.
  • Reminder:  Always update any personal contact information at your child's school. 


Cafeteria Prices and Information

  • Menus are available to print from each school's webpage and are also displayed inside each cafeteria.
  • The prices below do not include A la carte items.
  • Charging A la carte items or extra food items is prohibited. Students must have money with them or in their lunch account for those items
  • Full breakfast meal includes entree, fruit, juice, milk.
At least (3) of these offerings including a fruit or juice must be chosen for a tray to be counted as a meal based on federal guidelines.
  • Full lunch meal includes entrée (usually a meat/protein item), vegetables, fruit, grain, and milk.
At least three (3) of these offerings including a fruit or vegetable must be chosen for a tray to be counted as a meal based on federal guidelines.
  • Salad bar, Grab salad and PB&J meals available daily and can be counted as a full meal with all correct components.
  • Free and Reduced benefits are available at all schools for breakfast, hot lunch, combo meals, and salad bar, when at least three (3) components including 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable are chosen.


Each cafe has its own website. Please visit these pages for menus.

The prices below are a reflection of what prices have been and will return to when/if the USDA removes the free meals for all students. 
Student Reduced Price Lunch
Student Full
Price Lunch
Adult Full
Price Lunch
FREE $2.00 $.40 $2.65 $4.00
AIS FREE $2.00 $.40 $2.85 $4.00
AMS FREE $2.00 $.40 $2.85 $4.00
AHS FREE $2.00 $.40 $3.00 $4.00
Cost Per Month For Lunch  AES AIS AMS AHS
(20 DAYS)        
FULL PAY $53 $57 $57 $60
REDUCED $8 $8 $8 $8


USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

For all other FNS nutrition assistance programs, State or local agencies, and their sub-recipients, must post the following Nondiscrimination 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: How to File a Complaint, 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
(202) 690-7442

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.