McKinney ISD


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.

Free & Reduced Meal FAQs

Where can I get a free and reduced price meal application?
Free and reduce price meal applications are available at the following locations: school’s front office, school cafeteria, MISD food service office (510 Heard Street, McKinney, TX 75069), MISD Administration Building (#1 Duvall Street, McKinney TX, 75069), or online at

Parents call 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 in the mail notifying them of the application outcome.

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 completely and accurately, 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.

Need Help?

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