School Meals

School lunch menus, and school lunch price information.

Albuquerque Public Schools provides healthy school breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to students. Contact APS Food and Nutrition Services for more information.

Visiting the Cafeteria

You're welcome to visit your child's cafeteria, try a lunch, and talk to their school food service director about the nutritional profile of foods served.

School Menus and Pricing

Did you know?

Studies show that students who eat balanced meals have increased attendance, better grades and are able to concentrate and perform at higher standards. School nutrition professionals are committed to providing safe and nutritious meals to all children.

Paying for Meals

My School Bucks

In order to simplify students picking up their meals, we encourage parents to set up a secure online account to manage student meals through There is a convenience charge of $1.95 per transaction.

Pay at the School

Meals can also be purchased in the school cafeteria with cash, check, or money order.

Free and Reduced Meals

More than half of the families in Albuquerque Public Schools qualify for free or reduced-price school meals through the Free/reduced Lunch Program (FRLP). To access the Free and Reduced lunch application, please visit the Food Service Web site. Only one application needs to be filled out for each family.

Qualifying for Free Meals

If any of the following conditions apply to your student, they will most likely qualify for free meals:

  • If the student is a foster child (regardless of household income)
  • If the student lives in a household that is any of the following:
    • within the income limits for free meals (see application)
    • enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
    • enrolled in Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

How do I find out the status of my meal application?

Contact APS Food and Nutrition Services at (505) 345-5661 with any questions you might have about your free or reduced lunch application.

Additional Benefits

In addition to providing free or reduced-price meals for students, qualifying for the national program offers other benefits to families and schools.

By filling out the application, you might become eligible to receive:

Under the meal eligibility program, schools can receive Title 1 funding that can be used for library materials, school supplies, field trips, tutoring programs, or software purchases.