Child Nutrition Program: Our Purpose

  • The goal of the Child Nutrition Department is to provide affordable and nutritious meals to students of our school system. Athens City Schools deliver healthy and delicious school meals based on the USDA’s nutrition guidelines so that students are engaged and ready to learn in school. All meals include a variety of fresh fruit and vegetable choices and a variety of chilled non-fat or low-fat milk.

    Athens City Child Nutrition Program Fact Sheet

    • FREE breakfast at every school for all Pk-12th grade children.
    • The average number of children served daily — Lunch: 2,200 / Breakfast: 2,100
    • All meals must meet federal nutrition guidelines.
    • Breakfast offerings always include fresh fruit.
    • Lunch options always include fresh fruit and fresh vegetables (salads).
    • Lunches also include whole grains, reduced/zero trans fats, low-fat dairy, baked items, healthy cooking, and prep techniques.
    • Calories are limited based on the age of the children being served.
    • All fluid milk must be 1% milk fat or less.
    • Students have choices but must take at least 1 serving of fruit or vegetable.
    • Items may appear to be the same as store-bought products, but they have been specifically made for schools with whole grains, reduced sodium, fewer calories, etc.
    • Chicken and Potato products may appear fried to appeal to students, but they are baked.
    • Pizza has a whole-grain crust, low-fat cheese, and reduced sodium sauce.
    • Our School Nutrition Services team uses a program that calculates the nutritional values of all meal offerings to ensure they meet strict standards.
    • All menus and nutritional information are available on any school website, the district website, or our YumYummi app that can be downloaded to any Apple or Android device for free.
    • Free and Reduced Priced Meals can be completed online from the district website by clicking FREE & REDUCED LUNCH APPLICATION or downloaded from the district website.
    • Online payments and alerts of low balances can be set up by clicking the link ONLINE MEAL PAYMENTS on any school or district website.
    • USDA research indicates that children who participate in the School Lunch Program have superior nutritional intakes compared to those who do not participate.

    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.

    Spanish Non-Discrimination Statement

    De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

    Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

    Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

     (1) correo: 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; o

    (3) correo electrónico:

    Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.