McKinney ISD

For the latest information about MISD's COVID response for the 2021-22 school year please visit our COVID-19 page in the Health Services & Wellness section of this website.

 

Free & Reduced 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.

Free and reduced price meal applications will be distributed to all students on the first day of school. If you have any questions please call 469-302-6363.

2021-22 School Year

Children need healthy meals to learn. This school year, McKinney ISD can offer healthy meals every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the entire 2021-2022 school year. While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, to establish eligibility for free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-2023 school year, please complete an application for free or reduced-price meals this school year. Please note that if you received a notification letter that a child is directly certified for free or reduced-price meals, do not complete an application. Let the us know if any children in the household attending school are not listed in the letter by calling 469-302-6364.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT)

P-EBT is for children 5-18 years old who received SNAP food benefits for the month of March 2020 and children up to 21 years old who are certified for free or reduced-price meals at school in Texas during the 2019-20 school year. Children that attend a school that offers free meals to all students (Community Eligibility Provision or Provision 2) are also eligible.

Please Note: The P-EBT program has been extended until August 21. Families who have not applied for the P-EBT benefit already now have until then to apply for benefits.

Free & Reduced Meal FAQs

Is there an online free and reduced application?
Yes, in addition to usually faster processing, the online application allows you to fill out the form anywhere you have internet access, and is even mobile-friendly. To access the application, click here: http://www.mckinneyisd.schoollunchapp.com/.

Are there alternatives to the online application?
Yes, paper applications are also available also at the following locations: each school’s front office, each school’s cafeteria, or the MISD food service office (510 Heard Street, McKinney, TX 75069). The paper application can be turned back in at any of those locations as well.

Parents can also call the School Nutrition office at 469-302-6363 and request an application be mailed to your home.

How will I know if my free and reduced price meal application was approved?
Parents will receive a letter by email notifying them of the application outcome.  If an email was not provided, a letter will be mailed to the address given on the application.

How long does it take for applications to be processed?
McKinney ISD has up to 10 working days from the day your application is received. However, if you fill out your free and reduced application form online, it usually takes much less time. So read the instructions and call 469-302-6363 if you have any questions at all.

What income is counted in determining eligibility for free and 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.

Who can I contact if I have questions about my free and reduced meal price application?
Please call us at 469-302-6363. We can answer any questions you may have about filling out the Application form or any other questions throughout the process.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

Mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement (Spanish)

De conformidad con la Ley Federal de Derechos Civiles y los reglamentos y políticas de derechos civiles del Departamento de Agricultura de los EE. UU. (USDA, por sus siglas en inglés), se prohíbe que el USDA, sus agencias, oficinas, empleados e instituciones que participan o administran programas del USDA discriminen sobre la base de raza, color, nacionalidad, sexo, discapacidad, edad, o en represalia o venganza por actividades previas de derechos civiles en algún programa o actividad realizados o financiados por el USDA.

Las personas con discapacidades que necesiten medios alternativos para la comunicación de la información del programa (por ejemplo, sistema Braille, letras grandes, cintas de audio, lenguaje de señas americano, etc.), deben ponerse en contacto con la agencia (estatal o local) en la que solicitaron los beneficios. Las personas sordas, con dificultades de audición o discapacidades del habla pueden comunicarse con el USDA por medio del Federal Relay Service [Servicio Federal de Retransmisión] al (800) 877-8339. Además, la información del programa se puede proporcionar en otros idiomas.

Para presentar una denuncia de discriminación, complete el Formulario de Denuncia de Discriminación del Programa del USDA, (AD-3027) que está disponible en línea en: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint y en cualquier oficina del USDA, o bien escriba una carta dirigida al USDA e incluya en la carta toda la información solicitada en el formulario. Para solicitar una copia del formulario de denuncia, llame al (866) 632-9992. Haga llegar su formulario lleno o carta al USDA por:

Correo: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

Fax: (202) 690-7442; o

Correo electrónico: program.intake@usda.gov

Esta institución es un proveedor que ofrece igualdad de oportunidades.

Need Help?

If you need additional assistance with the content on this page, please contact McKinney ISD team member Pilar Gilabert-Barrera by phone at 469-302-6364 or by email here .