Food Service Policies
Who Can Get Free Meals?
• Income—Children can get free or reduced-price meals if a household’s gross income is within the limits described in the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
• Special Assistance Program Participants—Children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program for Households on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are eligible for free meals.
• Foster—Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
• Head Start, Early Head Start, and Even Start—Children participating in these programs are eligible for free meals.
• Homeless, Runaway, and Migrant—Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualify for free meals.
If you haven’t been told about a child’s status as homeless, runaway, or migrant or you feel a child may qualify for one of these programs, please call or email Kimberly Cole, Executive Director of Secondary Teaching and Learning 281-482-1267.
• WIC Recipient—Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
FISD Charge Policy
Food Services has a Point of Sale Computer System for the collection of all money on accounts, cash sales and tracking of all meals and purchases. The program will act as a debit system for money on accounts and a cash register for cash sales. Each student and district employee will have an automatic account set up for their use and money placed on an account will stay there until debited by the account holder. Money may be accessed to use for any and all purchases from the cafeteria. There will no longer be a need to send separate Moines for a la carte/snack purchases on any campus.
The Point of Sale program will track all transactions on the account and parents may request to see how their student is using the money on purchases. All Moines (positive and negative) left on record at the close of the school year will be carried over into the new school year.
FISD Food Service will follow a charge policy of the following:
• Elementary and Intermediate – A maximum of $4.20, to be used for the reimbursable meal only.
A cheese sandwich and milk will be provided for children who have reached their maximum charges.
• Junior High, High School, and Adults – No charge policy. Students will be offered a cheese sandwich and milk if they are without lunch money.
Texas Public School Nutrition Policy
The Texas Department of Agriculture has comprised a mandated policy for all Texas schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.
For a complete listing of all current policies and updates, please visit the TDA website.