Healthy Panthers

 Welcome to our Cafeteria section! 

New Meal Standards

  In January, 2012 USDA's regulations for meal patterns were changed significantly, reflecting the latest scientific research and promoting the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.  You may notice that this school year there is a new emphasis on a variety of colorful vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and fresh fruits.  Flavored milk will always be fat-free. 

  Students will be required to select at least 1/2 cup fruit or vegetable with their lunch, or else pay a higher price.  Your school foodservice understands that it will take some time to adjust to this change in regulations, and we will do our best to coach students so that they do not exceed the price of the lunch parents expect to pay.

Lunch menus & Payment

  For your convenience and for speed at the check-out counter, families are encouraged to prepay for student meals.  You may choose to pay daily, weekly, monthly- whichever best fits your family’s needs. Money is deposited into a student meal “account,” and as the student makes meal purchases the amount in the account is reduced accordingly. Meal accounts are set-up for all Alma Public Schools students.

  If the student qualifies for reduced-price or full-price school meals, deposits may be made into the meal accounts at any time. Completed applications are processed the day they are received by the Food Service Director. You will be notified of the outcome once the application is processed. We are sorry, but we cannot back-date applications or eliminate any meal charges incurred before the approval of the application. Your student’s new pay status takes effect upon approval of the application, not upon your submission of the application.

  At the end of the school year any positive or negative balance will carry-over to the following year. You may request a print-put of your student’s meal account at any time. Please contact either your school office or a kitchen worker for assistance in obtaining the print-out.