Free & Reduced Meal Applications

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Children need healthy meals to learn. Waco ISD offers healthy meals everyschool day.

Breakfast is Free for all Waco ISD students.

Lunch costs $2.20 for Pre-K/Elementary Schools and $2.45 for Middle and High Schools.
Your child(ren) may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced priced lunch meals are $0.40.

1.    Do I need to fill outan application for each child? No. Complete one application to apply forfree or reduced-price meals. Use one Free and Reduced-Price School MealsApplication for all students in your household. We cannot approve anapplication that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all requiredinformation. Return the completed application to Waco ISD Child NutritionServices, 511 Franklin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701,  (254) 752-5522, 1+(877) 530-5522 (toll free).

2.     Who can get freemeals? Children in households receiving SupplementalNutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program)or TANF can get free meals regardless of your income. Your benefit letter fromthe Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is your documentation forfree meals. If you have not already received a letter from your school statingthat your household is eligible for free meals, you may take your HHSC benefitletter to the school nutrition office to be certified for free meals. If a child in your household is directly certified due toreceiving SNAP or TANF benefits, all children of your household are eligiblefor free meals. Ifa child in your household is not included on the Letter of DirectCertification, sent to you by the LEA, or if you have questions, call Waco ISD Child Nutrition Services at (254)752-5522 or 1+(877) 530-5522.

3.     Should I fill out anapplication if I got a letter this school year saying my children are approvedfor free or reduced-price meals? In most cases no, however, read the letter you got carefully and followthe instructions. Call Waco ISD Child Nutrition Services at (254) 752-5522or 1+(877) 530-5522 if you have questions or a member of your household isnot listed on the letter. If your household does not receive SNAP orTANF, your children may still be eligible to receive free meals if yourhousehold income is less than the amounts listed on the federal IncomeEligibility Guidelines. Please complete the application and submit it to theschool nutrition office. Head Start/Early Head Start students, Even Startchildren, and certain foster children also qualify for free meals.

4.     Can foster children get free meals? Yes, foster childrenthat are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, areeligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for freemeals regardless of income.

5.     Can homeless, runaway, and migrant children get freemeals?Yes, children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualityfor free meals. If you haven’t been told your children will get free meals,please call Waco ISD Child NutritionServices at (254) 752-5522 or 1+(877)530-5522 to see if your child(ren) qualify.

6.    Who can get reduced-price meals? Your children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the limitson the Federal Income Chart, shown onthis letter.

7.    My child’s application was approved last year. Do I needto fill out another one? Yes, your child’s application is only good for the school year and for the first 30 operating days of the newschool year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you thatyour child is eligible for the new school year.  Your child must have been actively enrolled in Waco ISD on Thursday, June 6, 2013 to be able to use the 30 operating days approval from last school year.  The 30 day cutoff for the 2013-2014 school  year is Monday, October 7, 2013.  If a  new application has not been received and processed by that date, benefits will expire and a child's status will change to paid after lunch ends.

8.    I get WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible forfree or reduced-price meals. Please fill out an application.

9.     Will the information Igive be checked? Yes,we may ask you to send written proof.

10.   If I don’t qualifynow, may I apply later? Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year ifyour household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start receiving SNAP,TANF or other benefits (such as unemployment benefits).

11.   What if I disagreewith the school’s decision about my application? You should talk toschool officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to SherylDavis, Assistant Superintendent for Business & Support Services, , 511 Franklin Avenue, Waco, TX 76701,  (254)755-9441.

12.   May I apply if someonein my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to bea U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

13.   Who should I includeas members of my household? You must include all people living in your household, related or not (suchas grandparents, other relatives, or friends) who share income and expenses.You must include yourself and all children living with you. If you live withother people who are economically independent (for example, people who you donot support, who do not share income with you or your children, and who pay apro-rated share of expenses), do not include them.

14.  What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normallyget $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900,put down that you get $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime pay,include that amount as income. If you do not normally get overtime pay, do notinclude it as income. If you have had your hours or wages reduced, use yourcurrent income.

15.  We are in the military; do we include our housingallowance as income? If you get an off-base housing allowance, it must beincluded as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military HousePrivatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance.

16.  My spouse is deployed to a combat zone; is her combat paycounted as income? No, if the combat pay is received in addition to herbasic pay because of her deployment, and it wasn’t received before she wasdeployed, combat pay is not counted as income. Contact your school for moreinformation.

17.   Myfamily needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for other assistance benefits,dial 2-1-1.

Income Eligibility Reduced-Price Guidelines—July 1, 2013–June 30, 2014

Family Size



Twice Per


Every Two



















































For each additional family member add:


+ $7,437

+ $620

+ $310

+ $287

+ $144


If you have other questions or need assistance, please call us at (254) 752-5522 or 1+(877) 530-5522 toll free M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm.
Leave a message at (254) 750-3763 afterhours and on weekends or email us at


Meal Benefits Manager

Free & Reduced Meal Applications
Amelia Salinas