School Lunch

  • What does a School Lunch Include?

    ACPS participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). We have federal requirements to serve a nutritionally balanced lunch to all students.

    The lunch meal offers 5 meal components. An entrée that includes the protein component and grains component, fruit component, vegetable component, and milk component. Students must select at least 3 of the meal components (including at least ½ cup of fruit or vegetable). Students can decline 2 components. Students can look at the signs in the cafeteria to learn what makes up each lunch. 

    Greens & More Bar

    ACPS Nutrition is proud to share the success of our Greens & More Bars and how they have contributed to getting students to eat more fruits and vegetables every day at school. Students have shown that when offered multiple fruit and vegetable choices, they respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and increasing their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.  School salad bars are an effective strategy to increase children’s produce consumption, promote healthier eating habits and exceed the nutrition standards for school lunch.  Greens & More Bars are in operation at all of our elementary schools.  Fresh fruit and vegetable side dishes are self-select in all secondary schools.

    • Elementary Students may select up to one serving of fruit and unlimted servings of vegetables.
    • Secondary Students may select up to two servings of fruit and unlimited servnigs of vegetables.



  • Build a Healthy Meal. Every meal needs a fruit or vegetable to make it complete! Fruits, Grains, Fluid Milk, Vegetables, and/or Meats/Meat Alternate.  Choose 3, 4 or all 5!

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    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:

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