Free & Reduced-Price Meal Program

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.

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. If you have multiple school-aged children, you only need to complete one family application each school year.

Meal Pricing



Paid Reimbursable Breakfast:
Elementary: $2.15
Middle School: $2.25
High School: $2.50

Paid Reimbursable Lunch:
Elementary: $3.30
Middle School: $4.00
High School: $4.00

Reduced-Price Breakfast:
Cost: 0.30¢

Reduced-Price Lunch:
Cost: 0.40¢

Free Breakfast:
Cost: Free

Free Lunch:
Cost: Free

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Free or Reduced-Price Meal Qualifications:

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

Free Meal Qualifications:

  • 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.

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