Menu & Nutrition

Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish’s school meal program aims to improve the diet and health of school children, help mitigate childhood obesity, model healthy eating to support the development of lifelong healthy eating patterns, and support healthy choices while accommodating cultural food preferences and special dietary needs.
*Please note that due to availability and deliveries, the menu is subject to change. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish is pleased to announce a new food service provider, SLA.  Students are excited to see more options for breakfast and lunch.  Menus are available online: Menus | Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish (nutrislice.com)

Free & Reduced Price Meals

Welcome back for 2023-24 school year! We are excited to launch our school nutrition program this year. AAJP remains a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. This means that students will receive free breakfast and lunch again this year. We are excited to share this information with you!

We need your help to ensure we can continue to offer free meals; we will need to collect data from each family. The data required will be basic household information, and financial eligibility information. We will need each family to complete a Free and Reduced Lunch application. You can find the links for the application and instructions on this page.  Please help us continue to offer free meals by filling out the Free and Reduced Lunch application.

Free and Reduced 

It’s more than just an application

Did you know filling out an application has many benefits

  • Free or reduced breakfast and lunch
  • School funding for many programs such as Sped, ELL, Reading departments
  • Sport fee waiver or reduced rate
  • Free internet or reduced price
  • Free or reduced help with healthcare, vision and dental

Completed applications can be dropped off at the school office or mailed to 979 Behrman Hwy, Terrytown, LA 70056. If you have questions regarding the 2023-24 Free and Reduced Priced application, contact the school office.  You may also email Nikisha Thomas at nthomas@athlosjp.org

Frequently Asked Questions

My child has a special dietary need. May they still participate in the school meal program at their school?

Please review the following information.

A Special Dietary Needs Request Form may be submitted to Food and Nutrition Services to ensure that proper foods are provided. Request the form by emailing info@athlosjp.org.

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.

How do you manage food allergies at school?

Managing food allergies in school is a team effort; our kitchen staff works 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 (request by emailing info@athlosjp.org) and submit a copy to the main office. Accommodations will be made as necessary.

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

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.