Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Students whose family income is at or below 130 percent of the poverty income guidelines are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent are eligible for reduced price meals.
YES. You must fill out a new Free/Reduced Meal Application every school year and include all students on one household application. If your student received meal benefits at the end of the previous school year the benefits will carry over for the first 30 operating days of the new school year, or until a current application is completed and on file. Online meal applications are available at www.dickinsonisd.org and paper applications are available by request. Online meal applications have quicker processing. Until a current application is processed, the student must either bring money to purchase a school meal or bring a meal from home. All charges must be paid that were accrued prior to the household being approved for meal benefits.
EXCEPTION: If you receive a letter stating that your student(s) have been Direct Certified (DC), then you do not have to complete a new application.
What is Direct Certified (DC)?
DC students are students who are certified by the state of Texas and meet the requirement for low income.
Applications for free and reduced price meals are available online through the Meal App Now link provided under "Quicklinks" on the bottom left side of the homepage at www.dickinsonisd.org. Online applications can be completed very easily using any computer or smartphone with internet access. Public computers are available for use at the Food and Nutrition Services building, all campuses, and the ESC building. Paper applications are available upon request.
NO. If your child is approved for free/reduced meals, it is good for the entire school year.
NO. USDA requires that a new application be completed when a student moves into a new district. Please complete only one (1) application per household per school year.
Elementary Schools (PK-4th grade):
High School (9th-12th grade):
The goal for the reimbursable meals program is to encourage your child to eat nutritious, well rounded meals.
The student is “offered” all of the menu requirements, but the student chooses what he/she is “served” as long as a sufficient number (determined by USDA) of menu items or components are taken. This regulation was designed to reduce food waste.
NO. Per USDA, milk is considered one of the food groups for a reimbursable meal. The student may wish to purchase juice if available. Water is available in all cafeterias.
NO. If there is a financial need, parents are encouraged to complete an application to determine eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. The Food and Nutrition Department may offer complimentary foods to any student who does not have money or whose application has not yet been processed.
If a student chooses not to select the appropriate food items/components for a reimbursable meal, they will be charged a la carte prices. A la carte items are not reimbursable.
Dickinson ISD's Food and Nutrition Department provides a 'call-out service' to parents/guardians when a school meal is charged. This is intended to be a reminder to parents that it is time to place additional monies into the student's meal account. We believe the courtesy call is a convenient notice to the parent/guardian.
NO. Per USDA, staff members and other adults are prohibited from telling the student what menu items to take (including milk or entrée). They can inform the student of other possible meal components they need to complete a reimbursable tray. It must be the student’s choice. Additionally, USDA requires that only the student(not staff, parents or siblings) eat food on their trays.
NO. USDA policy prohibits the denial of meals as a disciplinary action against any student who is enrolled in a school participating in the Federal Meals Program.
NO. This procedure would overtly identify a student’s meal eligibility status. All students must be treated the same.
USDA requires that all meals claimed for reimbursement meet all regulations, even if on a field trip. Reimbursement is claimed for a specific meal served to a specific student. That is why we cannot just send “25 lunches for 25 students”. Additionally, the teacher must insure that these meals be kept sanitary and at the correct temperature.
The only food to be consumed by students during the school day on school premises shall be that provided by the school district's food and nutrition department, prepared under the supervision of the appropriate school personnel, prepared and supplied by the teacher for instructional purposes, or food brought to the school by the students for their own consumption. With the joint approval of the campus principal and the director of the Food and Nutrition Services Department, food for special student activities during the school day may be provided.
According to federal regulations "breakfasts and lunches served to teachers, administrators, custodians and other adults must be priced so that the adult payment in combination with any other revenue is sufficient to cover the overall cost of the lunch, including the value of any USDA entitlement and bonus donated foods used to prepare the meal." The Food and Nutrition Department receives reimbursement for meals served to children. The value of this reimbursement and donated commodities must not be used to subsidize adult meals.
NO. The breakfast and lunch programs are designed and funded to serve children in a designated location, usually the cafeteria. No food, not even purchased food, is to be taken from the premises.
The preferred way to make deposits is online using the Lunch Money Now link that is located on the district's website at www.dickinsonisd.org. Prepaying for meals and/or a la carte items is an efficient way to pay for your student’s school meals. If paying by check, write the student name(s) and ID # on the “memo” section of the check. If paying by cash, enclose a piece of paper with the student name(s) and ID # with the money in an envelope. Deposits on an account can be made at any time either before school or during lunch, but to help serve you better, we would encourage you to make deposits in the morning. Any amount may be deposited on any day. The cashier will remind the student when his/her account balance is getting low. See the “Food and Nutrition Charge Procedure” on the district's website.
REMINDER - Food and Nutrition Services does not accept checks three weeks before school is out each year.
The District student accounting system randomly generates the ID numbers that are distributed to your student, making it difficult for someone to gain access to the number.
Your student's meal account can be blocked from a la carte purchases at the parent’s/guardian's request. A message can be put on a student’s meal account with any restrictions the parent/guardian requests. The "message" will remain in effect as long as your student attends school in the district unless a parent requests it be removed.
If your student has money left in his/her account at the end of a school year, the money will remain in the student's meal account. This is true whether the student remains in the same school or moves to another Dickinson ISD school. All students leaving the district must check with the Food and Nutrition Department to pay any outstanding charges.
If you would like a refund of money in your student's meal account, you must contact the cafeteria manager at your student’s school or the FNS Office to fill out a request for a refund. Refunds will be sent only to the legal guardian at their address. Cash refunds of $10.00 or less are permitted at the school and all refunds greater than $10.00 are handled through the Food and Nutrition Services office. Click here to print a Request for Refund Form.
Requests can be mailed to:
Will my child have the same student ID number while enrolled in DISD?
Yes. Personal Identification numbers are issued by the district. The ID number your student is issued upon enrolling in the district will be valid while attending any school in the district for the duration of their time in the district.
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