AISD will offer free breakfast and lunch for all students during the 2021-22 school year.

Arlington ISD will utilize an option provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide free breakfast and lunch for all students throughout the 2021-22 school year.

Meal applications are available upon request for state-funded programs, such as the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), and to help ensure students receive all State funding and benefits available to their school and for appropriate comparisons for State accountability purposes.

To be eligible to receive P-EBT funds for the current 2021–22 school year, you will need to have:

  1. state benefits such as SNAP, TANF, Medicaid, or
  2. attend a school operating CEP, or
  3. complete a 2021-22 meal application and have been certified for free or reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program. 

Other eligibility criteria will apply.

While no application or eligibility determination process is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, the income eligibility requirement will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year.

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Free and Reduced Meals Information

Please apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits by completing a meal benefits application.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can receive free meals?

Children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ( SNAP ) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program), or TANF can get free meals regardless of your income. Your benefit letter from Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is your documentation for free meals. If you have not already received a letter from the AISD Food & Nutrition Services Office stating that your household is eligible for free meals, you may bring your HHSC benefit letter to the Food & Nutrition Services Office to be certified for free meals. If a child in your household is directly certified due to receiving SNAP or TANF benefits, all children of your household are eligible for free meals. If a child in your household is not included on the Letter of Direct Certification, sent to you by SFA, or if you have questions, call the AISD Food & Nutrition Services Office at (682) 867-7895 if you have questions.

Who can receive reduced price meals?

Your children can receive low-cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Chart.

If I don’t qualify now, may I apply again later?

Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start receiving SNAP or TANF benefits (such as unemployment benefits).

What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?

You should talk to the Food & Nutrition Services Office at (682) 867-7895. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Food Service Director, 1206 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, Texas 76013.

What if I have a child(ren) attending a school operating CEP and a child(ren) attending a school not operating CEP?

To receive free or reduced-price meal benefits for your child(ren) attending schools other than the CEP schools listed below, you will need to apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits by completing a meal benefits application.  When completing the meal benefits application, you will need to list all children in the household on the meal benefits application.  We also ask that you complete a Household Family Data Collections form in order for your child’s school operating CEP to receive all the State funding and benefits available.

Adams Elementary McNutt Elementary
Amos Elementary Morton Elementary
Anderson Elementary Nichols Junior High
Atherton Elementary Patrick Elementary
Berry Elementary Peach Elementary
Blanton Elementary Pope Elementary
Burgin Elementary Rankin Elementary
Carter Junior High Remynse Elementary
Crouch Elementary Roark Elementary
Crow Elementary Shackelford Junior High
Ellis Elementary Sherrod Elementary
Farrell Elementary Short Elementary
Foster Elementary South Davis Elementary
Goodman Elementary Speer Elementary
Hale Elementary Swift Elementary
Johns Elementary Thornton Elementary
Kooken Educational Center Webb Elementary
Knox Elementary Workman Junior High
Larson Elementary  

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)

Children attending this school, which is operating the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), will receive free breakfast and lunch without families completing the free and reduced-price meal application. To help ensure students receive all State funding and benefits available to their school and for appropriate comparisons for State accountability purposes, families with children at a school operating CEP will be asked to complete a Household Family Data Collection form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What if I have a child(ren) attending a school operating CEP and a child(ren) attending a school not operating CEP?

To receive free or reduced-price meal benefits for your child(ren) attending schools other than the CEP schools listed below, you will need to apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits by completing a meal benefits application.  When completing the meal benefits application, you will need to list all children in the household on the meal benefits application.  We also ask that you complete a Household Family Data Collections form in order for your child’s school operating CEP to receive all the State funding and benefits available.

Adams Elementary McNutt Elementary
Amos Elementary Morton Elementary
Anderson Elementary Nichols Junior High
Atherton Elementary Patrick Elementary
Berry Elementary Peach Elementary
Blanton Elementary Pope Elementary
Burgin Elementary Rankin Elementary
Carter Junior High Remynse Elementary
Crouch Elementary Roark Elementary
Crow Elementary Shackelford Junior High
Ellis Elementary Sherrod Elementary
Farrell Elementary Short Elementary
Foster Elementary South Davis Elementary
Goodman Elementary Speer Elementary
Hale Elementary Swift Elementary
Johns Elementary Thornton Elementary
Kooken Educational Center Webb Elementary
Knox Elementary Workman Junior High
Larson Elementary  

What if I transfer from a school in the CEP program?

If your child transfers from a school operating CEP to a school not operating CEP, you will need to apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits by completing a meal benefits application.

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:

  1. mail:           U.S. Department of Agriculture
                        Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
                        1400 Independence Avenue, SW
                        Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
  2. fax:             (202) 690-7442
  3. email:         program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.