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American Youth Academy

Lunch Program












Dear Parents and Guardians:

Assalamu Alaikum,



I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our Parents and Guardians from

AMERICAN YOUTH ACADEMY Food Service Department.

Children need healthy meals to learn. 

AMERICAN YOUTH ACADEMY offers healthy meals every school day.


We are pleased to inform you that AMERICAN YOUTH ACADEMY will be implementing an option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for School Year 2018-2019.  Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at.


There is NO CHARGE for ALL students enrolled in the school during the 2018-2019 School Year. 


NO APPLICATION NEEDED for the school year 2018-2019

All students are eligible for FREE Meals Every Day.

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


Students can purchase certain a la carte items such as Extra Food items, Water, 100% Juice, Drinks and Healthy Snacks.  Menus are posted monthly on the AYA website.  If you have any suggestions, concerns or questions regarding the menus, please feel free to contact:


 Oraib Asad, Food Service Supervisor

Phone Number: 813-987-9282 EX 256



Note: All meats served in the Cafeteria are certified Halal meats.        









Lunch Meal contains five items:

1 Fruit, 1 Vegetable, 1 Grain, 1 Meat or Meat alternative and 1 Milk.

All students are eligible for one free Lunch meal, to complete the meal each student has to choose from three up to five items of the menu items, one of the items has to be Fruit or Vegetable, 100% juice is Fruits.


Breakfast Meal contains four items:

1 Fruit or Vegetable, 1 Grain, 1 Meat/Meat alternate and 1 Milk.

All students are eligible for one free Breakfast meal, to complete the meal each student has to choose from three up to four items of the menu items, one of the items has to be Fruits, 100% juice is counted as Fruits.



The cafeteria will be open and ready to serve our students Breakfast and Lunch on Wednesday August 8th , 2018 for the grades K5-12th, and on Monday August 13th for all grades K2-12th grades. Students wishing to eat breakfast at school must arrive in the cafeteria between 7:35- 7:50 am. Breakfast will NOT be served after 7:55 am. This is to ensure that students arrive to class and/or Assembly on time.


Special Notes:

*Students can purchase Extra Food items from breakfast and lunch as a la carte items using cash money or their account money.

*Pre-Payment will be encouraged for all AYA parents, as the best method of paying for extra lunch, Ala-cart and snacks.

*Students will not be allowed to purchase any snack items in the Cafeteria on credit at any time.

*Maximum limit amount of credit charge for each student is $10.

*Parents with such outstanding balances will receive reminder emails or texts from Cafeteria staff member alerting them of the outstanding balance.

*Parents of students with allergies or special diets MUST provide the Foodservice supervisor a doctor’s note Parents of students with allergies or special diets MUST provide the Foodservice supervisor a doctor’s note stating allergens needing to be avoided or special diet needs. The parent will need to pack lunches for their child(ren) on days their child(ren) cannot eat the school lunch.  The school cannot provide a substitute meal for students with allergies or special diets.

  All of our cafeteria staff receives yearly training in HACCP principles, (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) a comprehensive federal and state food safety program designed to track food from delivery to service. The Food Service Manager is certified in ‘ServSafe’, a federal program administered by the National Restaurant Association and Food Allergy Awareness.


Online Payment Option:   

 For the 2018-2019 school year, the School is pleased to offer parents the ability to manage their child’s meal account over the Internet by using PAY FOR IT, an online school management tool. may be accessed via


This service benefits schools, parents and students.  Cashiers will spend much less time taking deposits at the serving line, parents do not have to worry about the money not reaching school and students never have to worry about not having money to pay for lunch.


With, parents can log in at any time to make a deposit to their child’s account, view their child’s account balance, set up recurring deposits to their child’s account, set up e-mail notifications when their child’s account falls below a certain dollar amount, or request a report showing what the child has purchased on their account.  Payments processed before 9 pm ET should post to the student’s account the next morning, in most cases.


There is a 5.3% for credit card and 1.75% for electronic check transaction fee that is assessed to each transaction.  The fee is only charged when you add money to your child’s account.  You can view their account balance and see what they have purchased without having to incur this fee.  If you have multiple children enrolled in the school, you can add money to each child’s account during the same transaction.


Transactions processed by are safe and secure using Secure Socket Link, SSL, technology with Digicert.  With this technology, schools can be assured that all student information, credit card information and all other student data will be highly encrypted and secure. 


If you wish to use a Mac computer to process a transaction, you must use the Firefox internet browser; is not currently compatible with Safari.  You may download Firefox for free by visiting Please note that the system needs up to 8 hours update the transactions.


If you choose not to use for credit card transactions, the school continues to accept cash and checks in the Business Office.


If we can be of any further assistance, please feel free to contact:


Oraib Asad

Food Service Supervisor

Phone Number: 813-987-9282 EX 256

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