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ACS Free and Reduced Lunch Application opens July 1, 2024

Find out if your family qualifies for Free and Reduced Lunch by completing the 2024-2025 Free and Reduced Lunch Application. Only one application is necessary per family. Families must re-apply each school year to potentially receive this benefit. 

Be ready for the first day of school - apply to see if your family qualifies today!

Click Below to Apply

Free Reduced App English
Free and Reduced Application Spanish
2024-2025 ACS Student Daily Lunch Pricing:
  • $2.75 - PAID (Family does not qualify for free or reduced lunch)
  • $0.40 - REDUCED (apply to see if your family qualifies)
  • $0.00 - FREE (apply to see if your family qualifies)
If you have any questions or need help with your Free and Reduced Lunch Application or need your application in another language, contact Dr. Tandy Blackwell, Child Nutrition Program Coordinator, at Tandy.Blackwell@acs-k12.org or (256) 233-6600. 

 

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The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

Athens City Schools Free and Reduced Percentage for the Current School Year

2023-2024 School Year % Free and Reduced Students: 54% based on the annual 20-Day Report

USDA Non-Discrimination Statement
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity* and sexual orientation*), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: 1. mail:U.S. Department of AgricultureOffice of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or2.fax:(833)256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or3.email:program.intake@usda.gov.  This institution is an equal-opportunity provider.   

*The enclosed “nondiscrimination” language herein was added pursuant to the May 5, 2022, USDA memorandum. However, although included as currently required for audit compliance by the USDA, the State of Alabama objects to its inclusion, applicability, and application of this language due to currently pending legal challenges in the matter of THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, ET AL. V.USDA, ET AL., Case No. 3:22-cv-00257, and may be subject to change or removal.  

Collection of Race and Ethnicity Data for School Meal Programs Notice

 The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) require all School Meal Program sponsors to collect race and ethnicity data of applicants and participants. The purpose of this data collection effort is to determine how effectively School Meal Programs are reaching potentially eligible students. The provision of this data is voluntary, responses are kept confidential, and responses have no effect on eligibility.   Please click HERE to view ACS Racial and Ethnicity Data Collection Notice.

Memo
To: All Guardians and Parents of Athens City Schools
From: Athens City Schools Child Nutrition Program
Re: Racial and Ethnicity Data Collection
Date: August 17, 2023
The purpose of collecting race and ethnicity is to determine how effectively school meal programs are reaching potentially eligible students. The provision of this data is voluntary, responses are kept confidential, and responses have no effect on eligibility.

Memorándum
Para: Todos los Tutores y Padres de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Athens
De: Programa de Nutrición Infantil de las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Athens
Re: Recopilación de Datos Raciales y Étnicos
Fecha: 17 de Agosto de 2023
El propósito de recolectar raza y etnicidad es determinar qué tan efectivamente los programas de alimentación escolar llegan a los estudiantes potencialmente elegibles. La provisión de estos datos es voluntaria, las respuestas se mantienen confidenciales y las respuestas no tienen ningún efecto sobre la elegibilidad.