Frequently Asked Questions (Free & Reduced)

  • Children need healthy meals to achieve academic success. Wichita Falls ISD offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast is FREE to all W.F.I.S.D. students. Lunch costs $2.65 in the elementary schools and $2.75 in the secondary schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced price is .40¢ for lunch.

     

    1.  I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Complete one Free and Reduced-Price School Meals Application to apply for free or reduced-price meals for all children in the household. We cannot approve an incomplete application, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to Benetta Johnson 2015 5thStreet 940-235-1065

     

    1. Who can get free 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 or email Debbie Gonzalez 940-235-1026

    If you have received a letter of notification that your child is directly certified for free meals, do not complete an application, but do let the school know if any children in your household who attend school are not listed on the letter. 

     

    1. Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free meals?Carefully read the letter you received and follow the instructions. Call your child’s school at 940-235-1000 if you have questions.

     

    1.  My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one?Yes. Your child’s application is only good for one school year and the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for this school year.

     

    1. I get WIC, can my child(ren) get free meals?Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals; please fill out an application.

     

    1. What if my income is not always the same?List the amount that you normally receive. Even if you missed some work in the last month, put down your usual pay. If you normally get overtime pay, include it. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income. 

     

    1. We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income?If you get an off‐base housing allowance, it must be included as income. If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Is combat pay counted as income? No, if combat pay is received because of deployment in addition to basic pay and was not received before deployment, combat pay is not counted as income. 

     

    1.  May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

     

    1. Will the information I give be checked?Yes, and we may also ask you to send written proof.

     

    1. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year. If your household income or circumstances change, you may become eligible for free or reduced-price meals. 

     

    1. Who should I include as members of my household?You must include yourself as well as others living in your household who share income and expenses—related to you or not (grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children living with you. Do not include others who live with you who are economically independent—that is anyone you do not support, who does not share income with you, and does pay a pro‐rated share of expenses.

     

    1. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to Linda Muehlberger 940-235-1029.

     

    1.  My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or 2-1-1.
    2. Frequently Asked Questions - Free and Reduced 

       

      Children need healthy meals to achieve academic success. Wichita Falls ISD offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast is FREE to all W.F.I.S.D. students. Lunch costs $2.55 in the elementary schools and $2.65 in the secondary schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced price is .40¢ for lunch.

       

      1.  I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Complete one Free and Reduced-Price School Meals Application to apply for free or reduced-price meals for all children in the household. We cannot approve an incomplete application, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to Benetta Johnson 2015 5thStreet 940-235-1065

       

      1. Who can get free 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 or email Debbie Gonzalez 940-235-1026

      If you have received a letter of notification that your child is directly certified for free meals, do not complete an application, but do let the school know if any children in your household who attend school are not listed on the letter. 

       

      1. Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free meals?Carefully read the letter you received and follow the instructions. Call your child’s school at 940-235-1000 if you have questions.

       

      1.  My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one?Yes. Your child’s application is only good for one school year and the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for this school year.

       

      1. I get WIC, can my child(ren) get free meals?Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals; please fill out an application.

       

      1. What if my income is not always the same?List the amount that you normally receive. Even if you missed some work in the last month, put down your usual pay. If you normally get overtime pay, include it. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income. 

       

      1. We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income?If you get an off‐base housing allowance, it must be included as income. If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Is combat pay counted as income? No, if combat pay is received because of deployment in addition to basic pay and was not received before deployment, combat pay is not counted as income. 

       

      1.  May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

       

      1. Will the information I give be checked?Yes, and we may also ask you to send written proof.

       

      1. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year. If your household income or circumstances change, you may become eligible for free or reduced-price meals. 

       

      1. Who should I include as members of my household?You must include yourself as well as others living in your household who share income and expenses—related to you or not (grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children living with you. Do not include others who live with you who are economically independent—that is anyone you do not support, who does not share income with you, and does pay a pro‐rated share of expenses.

       

      1. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to Linda Muehlberger 940-235-1029.

       

      1.  My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or 2-1-1.      

      

    1. Where can I access my child's breakfast and lunch menus? You can visit http://wfisd.nutrislice.com/ to easily access your school menus online or download the Nutrislice app to your mobile device.