Nutrition Services


Welcome to the Atchison Public Schools Department of Nutrition Services. Each day, our staff provides nutritious, quality meals at an affordable price. Students receive meals that are carefully designed to ensure that they have the resrources and energy needed to be successful learners. Breakfast and lunch are offered every day that school is in session.

The Director of Nutrition Services plans meals using USDA Guidelines under the Food-Base Plan and suggestions from students. All meals meet the criteria and regulations of the U.S. Department of Education. Lunch menus are planned with the goal of providing students with one-third of their Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for key nutrients and calories. Low fat alternatives are provided to keep the average number of calories from fat below 30 percent (for more information on nutrition facts, see the Nutrient Database).

In addition to meal planning and preparation, the department coordinates the Nutrition Benefit Program and encourages families to apply for its free or reduced breakfast and lunch program.

For questions regarding the nutrition services, please contact

Patty Gaul, Director
Atchison Public Schools
626 Commercial Street
Atchison KS 66002

Meal Prices

Meal Charges Elementary Middle School
High School

Full Price Reduced Price Full Price Reduced Price Full Price Reduced Price
Lunch $2.60 $0.40 $2.60 $0.40 $2.65 $0.40
Breakfast $1.65 $0.30 $1.70 $0.30 $1.70 $0.30

Adults may purchase lunch for $3.50 and breakfast for $2.05.

Milk Charges
PK-12 Per Carton $0.35
K Per Quarter $13.00
K Per Semester $26.00
K Per Year $52.00

Meal Charges

The guidelines for charging meals are as follows:

  • Each student will be allowed to charge up to five (5) meals (including Reduced Status), with the exception of the last two weeks of school where no charges are permitted.
  • High School students will not be allowed to eat until all accounts are paid in full or within the five (5) meal limit.
  • Middle and elementary students will be served a sandwich, fruit, vegetable, and milk for lunch and cereal, fruit, and milk for breakfast, until all outstanding balances are paid or are in the five (5) meal limit. The cost for this meal is the same as regular lunch or breakfast.

Student meal account balances may be viewed at any time on PowerSchool or calling the kitchen cafeteria where your child attends.

Free and Reduced Priced Meals

Students meeting certain income standards set by the federal government are eligible for free or reduced priced meals. A Nutrition Benefit Application for reduced price or free meals is required. This form is available at the school office and District Offices or can be accessed below. Once the form has been completed and returned to the school or District Office, it will be processed for eligibility, which may take up to 10 days. Parents are responsible for sending money for any school meals eaten during the approval process. A letter of notification will be mailed home regarding approval.

Civil Rights Nondiscrimination Statement Updated

The USDA Civil Rights Division has updated the link to the Civil Rights Complaint Form within the Nondiscrimination Statement (NDS).  Please update the NDS posted on your website and within all electronic documents where the NDS is used or referenced.  The updated NDS in both English and Spanish is posted at, USDA Nondiscrimination Statement. Electronic documents and websites must be updated as quickly as possible.  However, for printed materials, Sponsors can first use their current supply of printed materials, and when getting new documents printed be sure to include the new NDS.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

The United States Department of Agriculture Nondiscrimination Statement can be found at (on the right hand side of the page).

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