Free and Reduced-Priced Meals

Garland ISD participates in the National School Breakfast/Lunch program allowing us to provide free and reduced-priced meals to students from families who qualify determined by federal government guidelines.

Applications are distributed to every student at the beginning of the school year. Parents may also pick up an application at your child's school or the Food Services Department or you can print the 2013 - 2014 application Available in Spanish.

Parents should complete only one application for your household and list all students attending Garland ISD schools on the application. Please allow up to two weeks for processing once the Food Services office has received your application. We will mail a letter home to the address on file letting you know if your household qualifies for free or reduced-priced meals, so please make sure the schools have your correct address. If you need to make changes to your address please contact your child's school.

A new application is required every school year. Parents may return the application to your child's school or the Food Services office located at 701 N. First St., Garland, TX 75040. Applications must have an original signature therefore we do not accept copied or faxed applications. Applications are approved in the order received at the Food Services office.

If your child was receiving free or reduced-priced meals at the end of 2012-13 school year, and your child has not withdrawn since beginning the 2013-2014 school year, your child will receive the same benefit for a temporary period (30 school days). This allows parents time to submit a new application for review without your child losing benefits. If an application is not received by October 9, 2013, beginning October 10, 2013, your child will pay full price for their meals until an application is received and approved. Applications are accepted throughout the school year.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does my family qualify for free and reduced priced meals?

Families that receive TANF or SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program)(formerly Food Stamps) benefits qualify for free meals. An application listing your TANF or SNAP number must be submitted. If your family does not receive TANF or SNAP you may qualify based on your household size and gross income. Please submit an application for review. Please see the application for further instructions to complete the application.

Do I have to reapply every school year?

Yes, we must have a current application on file each school year. 

Do I need to submit an application for each child or school?

No.  Please submit one application for your household and list all students attending Garland ISD schools on the application. 

Who should I include as members of my household?

You must include yourself and all people living in your household, related or not (such as children, grandparents, other relatives or friends).

What is the difference between gross income and net income?

Gross income is income before pre-tax and taxed deductions.  Net income is your take-home income.  Our regulations require households to list their gross income. 

Once my application is approved for free and reduced priced meals, how quickly will my child receive this benefit?

Students will start receiving their approved benefit the next school day.  Please note that due to the volume of applications received at the beginning of the year, processing could take up to 2 weeks, once our office has received the application. Our office will make every effort to process your application as soon as possible.

If I owe money for meals eaten before my application was approved am I responsible for that charge?

Yes.  The benefit is only for meals eaten after the approved date.

What number do I list as my food stamps number?

Your 8 or 9-digit eligibility group number or case number.  A 10-digit case number cannot be accepted and will be returned as incomplete.

Can I use a Medicaid number in place of my food stamps number?

No, only a SNAP number will be processed. 

If my children receive CHIP will I qualify for free or reduced-priced meals?

We cannot process an application based on CHIP information.  However, your household may qualify based on your household size and income.  Please submit an application for review. 

I was denied benefits at this time.  Can I reapply later in the school year if my income changes, my household size increases or I qualify for SNAP? 

Yes.  We accept applications throughout the school year.  You may submit a new application with your current household information. 

My child transferred to another school within GISD.  Do I have to reapply at that school?

No.  Once we have an application on file the application is accepted at any school within GISD.

My child withdrew from GISD and has returned, but is no longer receiving benefits.  How do I get my child back on the program?

The application will not automatically re-instate itself.   If we have an application on file from this school year parents can contact Jenny Laib at the Food Service department to re-instate the application.   Students will pay full price until the application is re-instated. 

I received a letter explaining my children were approved for free or reduced priced meals.  I do not want this benefit so how do I remove my children?

Please send a signed letter to Jenny Laib requesting to remove the benefit.  In the letter please list your child(ren)’s name, ID number, and school. 

 

2013-2014 School Year Free and Reduced Application Available in Spanish

See the Frequently Asked Questions section below for answers to common questions.

For additional information, contact:

Jenny Laib
Food Services
701 N. First St.
Garland, TX 75040
972-494-8322