Free & Reduced-Price Meal Program

Students who qualified for the free and reduced-price meal program for the 2019-2020 school year will hold their status through Oct. 5, 2020; after that, they must reapply to receive free or reduced-price meals at school. To renew your student’s free or reduced-price meal status for the 2020-2021 school year, please complete a new application as soon as possible.

Sept. 14, 2020 – Letter to Parents/Guardians

The Child Nutrition program at Melissa Schools offers free and reduced-price meals for students who meet the program qualifications. For qualifying students, a reduced-price breakfast meal costs 30 cents and a reduced-price lunch meal costs 40 cents. Students who qualify for free meals will receive breakfast and lunch at no cost each school day.

Free or Reduced-Price Meal Application

Please click on the links below to download the English or Spanish application for a child to receive free or reduced-price meals at Melissa Schools.

Por favor, haga clic en los siguientes enlaces para descargar la aplicación Inglés Español o para un niño para recibir comidas gratis oa precio reducido en las escuelas de Melissa.

English Application la aplicación de Español

Meal Pricing

Paid Reimbursable Breakfast
Elementary: $2.00
Middle School: $2.25
High School: $2.50

Reduced-Price Breakfast
Cost: 0.30¢

Free Breakfast
Cost: Free

Paid Reimbursable Lunch
Elementary: $3.00
Middle School: $3.25
High School: $3.50

Reduced-Price Lunch
Cost: 0.40¢

Free Lunch
Cost: Free

Who qualifies for free or reduced-price meals at school?

Free or Reduced-Price Meals:

  • If the child’s household gross income is within the limits described in the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, as described in the application.

Free Meals:

  • Children in households receiving benefits from SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF.
    • SNAP – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
    • FDPIR – Food Distribution Program for Households on Indian Reservations.
    • TANF – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
  • Foster children under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court.
  • Children participating in Head Start or Early Head Start.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant.
  • Some WIC recipients.

How can I apply for my child to receive free or reduced-price meals?

The free and reduced-price meal application is linked at the top of this page. Printed copies can be requested from any Melissa ISD school.

Qualifying families are required to complete a new application each school year in order for their child to receive free or reduced-price meals at school. Families with multiple school-aged children are only required to complete one family application each school year.

I have more questions and/or need help with the application. What should I do?

If you need assistance in determining if your child qualifies for the free and reduced-price meal program at Melissa Schools, please do not hesitate to reach out to the counselor or the front office staff at your child’s school. Questions can also be emailed to

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