Welcome to Child Nutrition!
Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.
The Child Nutrition department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.
Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.
NEW! Now you can apply for free or reduced school meals online! The process is quick easy and FREE, and in a few short steps you’ll be done!
If a student was on the meal program at the end of the last school year, the benefit will carry over for the first 30 Days of school. A new application must be submitted to continue benefits for each school year.
NEW! Now you can check on the status of your application for free or reduced school meals online. This is also a FREE service. Visit www.schoollunchstatus.com and then select your state (Texas) and then your District (Richardson). Enter the confirmation number from the on line application or the student's name and ID number. Click "Submit" to view your application status. It's that easy! You can also print your own letter for proof of meal benefits from this site.
Students should have money in their account or pay cash for meals or any menu items. The cashier will inform the student when money should be deposited into the account. Notices will also be given to the classroom teacher to send home with the students in the elementary schools. We ask that parents monitor their student's lunch account balances and send lunch money when needed. This can be done at www.PayPAMS.com
A reimbursable meal will be given to students with insufficient funds.
Meal Offerings & Reimbursable Meals
All menus offerred in the cafeteria are planned by registered dietitians and meet the nutritional guidelines set forth by the United States and Texas Departments of Agriculture.
RISD has a two-week cycle menu that is individualized for elementary, junior high and high school students. The menus are printed annually for the elementary schools and are available at each elementary campus or the Child Nutrition office. All menus are available in multiple languages here on the website.
School breakfast consists of a choice of one milk, a choice of fruit and juice and a choice of either two grains or a meat and a grain, depending on the menu. To get a reimbursable meal, students may select a minimum of three items. Breakfast items are milk, fruit, grain and protein. A student must take at least one of the servings of fruit or juice. Students who choose only two items, who do not take a fruit or juice or who choose more items from the same category (i.e. milk or grain) will be charged a la carte prices.
Students may select from the five components to build a school lunch. Lunch components are fruit, grain, protein, milk and vegetables. A student must take a minimum of three different components in order to pay the lunch price or to receive meal benefits. Students who take less than three different components will be charged a la carte prices.
A student must select at least one serving of either fruit or vegetable with their meal both at lunch and at breakfast in order to be able to pay the lunch price or to receive meal benefits. This is in compliance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. Students do not have to take the meat/meat alternate and do not have to take a milk.
Starting in the fall of 2017 there are new USDA regulations for Pre-K Meals. Pre-K student must take all the items on their menu. Pre-K menus are serve only and not offer vs serve. They cannot refuse items and do not get to choose their items. Pre-K menus meet the new Pre-K meal patterns. Pre-K students cannot have the flavored (chocolate) milk. They must have the unflavored (white) milk. Pre-K students cannot have grain-based desserts (granola bars, cinnamon rolls, grahams, etc.) or cereal with more than 6 grams of sugar per ounce.
If you have any comments about the menu or your school cafeteria please e-mail Rose Ann Martin at email@example.com.