“We seek to involve our students in the nutrition program at ANCS in many ways.  At the elementary campus, the third through fifth grade classes help with the dishes and prepping ingredients. This involves them at an early level. And at the middle campus, we teach an Academic Growth Period course that is a mix of basic culinary skills and specific subject areas like baking, traditional Mexican cuisine, and food preservation. The students in the class make food that is served at both campuses.”

Chef David Bradley

Monthly Menus, Payment, and Pricing

ANCS provides breakfast and lunch each day in accordance with state and federal school nutrition guidelines. Almost all of the food served at ANCS is made from scratch on campus, and frequently with local ingredients, including produce from our garden at the middle campus.

Please pre-pay for meals each month via cash or check on campus, or online at My Payments Plus.  You will need your student’s 7 digit ID number in order to link to their account, and select Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School as the system.  

Invoices are sent home via email monthly.  Student balances may be checked at any time on My Payments Plus regardless of method of payment.

Per ANCS policy, a student whose meal payment balance is -$25.00 or more will not be served school meals or beverages until the balance is paid. Pre-payment for all meals will help to avoid this situation for your student!

Breakfast is $2.50 for students ($0.30 for reduced-eligible students) and adults. 

Lunch is $3.50 for students ($0.40 for reduced-eligible students) and $5 for adults.  Additional or a la carte milk is $0.50 per 8 oz carton.

Students eligible for free or reduced price meals are entitled to one breakfast and one lunch at the lower rate each school day.  Second meals or a la carte items are not subject to reduced or free pricing.

In accordance with federal law and the USDA this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, national origin, sex or disability.  Further information, including complaint procedure, may be found here in English or Spanish.

If you have any questions about the nutrition program, please contact David Bradley, Chef/Nutrition Director.

“Picky eaters are always an issue both at school and at home. Our hope is that repetition will help. A skeptical child might not try something the first time around, but if they see other students enjoying it, maybe next time they will try it.”

Free & Reduced Price Meal Program

Free and reduced meal eligibility is determined by a combination of household size and income per federal guidelines.  Students in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are eligible for free meals.

Applications are provided to all students, and are available in the main office at both campuses.  Applications are accepted at any time in the school year, and benefits begin when a valid application is accepted. 

Students eligible for free or reduced price meals are entitled to one breakfast and one lunch at the lower rate each school day.  Second meals or a la carte items are not subject to reduced or free pricing.

An application must be completed each school year.  Free and reduced meal eligibility from 2018-2019 is applicable for the first 30 days of school.  This eligibility expires after Thursday, September 19, 2019.

Per federal regulation, free and reduced meal eligibility is confidential.

Applications are available in languages other than English upon request.

Additional information about free and reduced meals at ANCS may be found here.

ANCS does not serve meals during summer vacation. Information on locations that do may be found here.

Wellness Policy

Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School (ANCS) desires to provide children the needed access to healthful foods and opportunities to be physically active in order to grow, learn, and thrive. ANCS believes that good health fosters student attendance, a student’s ability to learn effectively and to achieve high standards in school. ANCS is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children’s health, well-being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating and physical activity.

Download the ANCS Wellness Policy