Meal Sense

Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications will be distributed to all students on the first day of school. If you have any questions please call Lupe at 469-302-6364.

Free & Reduced Price Meal Applications will be distributed at each school campus. Please contact your school office to obtain a copy of the Free & Reduced written application. This year we also have a online Free & Reduced Application, to submit an application online go to

Frequently Asked Questions about Free & Reduced Applications

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How can I get a Free & Reduced Price Meal Application?

  • Your school office
  • Food Service Office ( 510 Heard Street, McKinney, TX 75069)
  • School Cafeteria
  • MISD Administration Building front desk (One Duvall Street McKinney, TX 75069)
  • Online at
  • You can also call us 469-302-6364 or email and request an application to be mailed to your house

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Who can I call if I have questions about my Free & Reduced Application?

You may call Lupe Quinonez at 469-302-6364. She can answer any questions you may have about filling out the Application form or any other questions throughout the process.

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How will I know if my Free & Reduced Application was approved?

You will receive a letter in the mail notifying you of the outcome.

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How soon will my application be approved or denied?

We have up to 10 working days from the day your application is received. However, if you fill out your Free & Reduced Application form completely and accurately, it usually takes much less time. So read the instructions and call 469-302-6364 if you have any questions at all.

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What income is counted in determining eligibility for Free & Reduced Price Meals?

In accordance with the Department of Agriculture's policy as provided in the Food and Nutrition Service publication Eligibility Guidance for School Meals Manual, "income," as the term is used in this Notice, means income before any taxes, Social Security taxes, insurance premiums, charitable contributions and bonds. It includes the following:

  • Monetary compensation for services, including wages, salary, commissions or fees
  • Net income from non-farm self-employment
  • Net income from farm self--employment
  • Social security Dividends or interest on savings or bonds or income from estates or trusts
  • Net rental income
  • Public assistance or welfare payments
  • Unemployment compensation
  • Government or civilian employee or military retirement, or pensions or veterans payments
  • Private pensions or annuities
  • Alimony or child support payments
  • Regular contributions from persons not living in the household
  • Net royalties
  • Other cash income; includes cash amounts received or withdrawn from any source including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources that would be available to pay the price of a child's meal.
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What are the eligibility standards for Free & Reduced Price Meals?

Schools are required to serve meals at no charge to children whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Children are entitled to pay a reduced price (a maximum of 40 cents for lunch, 30 cents for breakfast and 15 cents for a snack) if their household income is above 130 percent but at or below 185 percent of these guidelines. Children are automatically eligible for free school meals if their household receives food stamps, benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or, in most cases, benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

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