Free and Reduced-Priced Meals

free and reduced price mealsGarland 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.

For guidelines information refer to the Reduced-Price Meal Income Eligibility Guidelines chart.

How to apply

A new application is required every school year. You are encouraged to go to to submit lunch application online for fast processing.

Parents should complete only one application for their household and list all students attending Garland ISD schools on the application.

While applying online is faster, paper applications are distributed to every student at the beginning of the school year.  Parents may also pick up an application at their child’s school.

Parents may return the paper application to your child’s school or the Food Service 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 Service office.

Applications are accepted throughout the school year.

Temporary benefits

If your child was receiving free or reduced-priced meals at the end of 2014-15 school year, and your child has not withdrawn since beginning the 2015-16 school year, your child will receive the same benefit for a temporary period (30 school days).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 5, 2015, beginning October 6, 2015 your child will pay full price for their meals until an application is received and approved.

How will I know if my application is approved?

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.

Please allow up to 10 operating days for processing once the Food Service office has received your application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can get free (or reduced-priced) meals?
  • Income—Your children can get free or reduced-price meals if your household’s gross income (total, without deductions) is within the limits described on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
  • Special Program Participants—All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), can get free meals. Children attending Head Start, Early Head Start, and Even Start are also eligible for free meals.
  • Foster—Foster children under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. A foster child is eligible for free meals regardless of the income of his or her resident household.
  • 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, please call GISD Homeless Liaison at (972) 494-8255 to see if your child qualifies for benefits.
  • Directly Certified (DC) – If you received a notification letter that a child is directly certified for free meals, Do Not complete an application. Call to inform Student Nutrition Services (972-494-8322) if any children in the household attending school are not listed in the letter.
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 10 operating days, 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 digits Eligibility Determination Group (EDG) number. If you do not know your EDG#, please call the number at the back of your Lone Star Card to obtain your EDG#.

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

No, only a SNAP Eligibility Group 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 increase or I qualify for SNAP?

es. 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 Kimberly Speed 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 where 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 Kimberly Speed explaining to remove the benefit. In the letter please list your child(ren)’s name, ID number, and school.


For additional information, contact:

Kimberly Speed
Student Nutrition Services
701 N. First St.
Garland, TX 75040

Reduced-Price Meal Income Eligibility Guidelines
Family Size Annually Monthly Twice per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly

















































For each additional family member add:


+ $7,696

+ $642

+ $321

+ $296

+ $148