Welcome to Child Nutrition!
Apply for Meal Benefits
Richardson ISD provides free and reduced-price meals for students who qualify through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. Students must re-qualify for the program each year to receive benefits. This year's grace period for students who had not yet applied to re-qualify for meal benefits ended on Thursday, October 1st.
A parent or guardian must submit a meal benefit application for their student(s). Complete one application per household, even if the children in the home attend more than one school in Richardson ISD. To apply for meal benefits, you may submit an application electronically at schoollunchapp.com .
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.
Families may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. If you have questions about meal benefits, please call 469-593-0108 or email email@example.com.
Households that are matched through direct certification have been notified by mail and are not required to complete an application. If you received a letter, no further action is needed; your student is approved for the remaining school year.
Note: You can also check on the status of your application for free or reduced school meals online. This is also a FREE service.
- Visit https://admin.nlappscloud.com/statuslookup
- Select your State (Enter State) and then your School District (Enter School District)
- Enter the required information and
- 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.
Pick Up Days and Times for Curbside Meal Kits
- Tuesdays and *Thursdays 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- All Richardson ISD schools except Christa McAuliffe Learning Center and Memorial Park Academy
- Due to no school on 11/2 and no school on election day, Tuesday 11/3, three (3) days of meals will be given out on Thursday Oct. 29.
- Curbside meal service will resume Thurs. Nov. 5.
Starting Tuesday November 10, a week's worth of curbside meal kits will be given out on TUESDAYS ONLY.
- Tuesdays ONLY from 7:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Meal Pick-Up Process
Parents/guardians will need to show proof of Richardson ISD enrollment at meal pick up. Valid forms of proof include Student ID, Report Card, Focus Login, etc. Parents will fill out an information card for each student with the Student’s Name, Home School, Date of Birth, and Student ID number or Keypad Number. Information cards will be provided at each pick-up location. Completed cards will then be exchanged for student meals.
Meal Costs and Payments
Meals will be charged to the student’s account according to the student’s eligibility status and/or the eligibility designation of their home school (CEP, BIC, and Universal-Free Breakfast).
- There must be sufficient funds in a student’s meal account to cover the cost of meals.
- If you don’t already have a student meals account, set up up at paypams.com.
- Cash payments can be made on-site. Pre-printed peel-and-stick envelopes will be provided to take cash payments.
- Reduced breakfast: $.30
- Reduced lunch: $.40
- Paid breakfast: $2.10
- Paid Elementary lunch: $2.80
- Paid Secondary Lunch: $2.95
Frequently Asked Questions
Are meals available to any child under 19 years of age as was allowed during the spring 2020 semester and summer meal service?
Different regulations applied during the spring district shutdown and summer meal service program. Meals served under the National School Lunch Program during the school year are only available to enrolled RISD students with a valid student ID. Parents/guardians will need to show proof of RISD enrollment at meal pick up. (Student ID, Report Card, Focus Login, etc.)
Do I have to pick up meals from my student’s home school?
Meal pick up does not have to be at the school where your child is registered. You may pick up meals at any school in the district, except Christa McAuliffe Learning Center or Memorial Park Academy. You are able to pick the school most convenient for your family. Meals for multiple students may be picked up, but an important note is that a form MUST be completed for EACH student's meals.
How will meals be packaged?
Meals will be packaged for 2 or 3 school days. Breakfast and Lunch meals will be packaged together. A choice of milk will be offered at the pick-up location. Starting Tuesday November 10, a week's worth or 5 days of meals will be give out on Tuesdays only.
What if my home school is a CEP school?
All meals for students are free if a student is registered at a CEP school. Richardson ISD’s CEP schools are Carolyn Bukhair Elementary, Dobie Primary, Forestridge Elementary, RISD Academy and Skyview Elementary.
What if my student is registered at a “Breakfast in the Classroom” school or “Universal Free Breakfast” school?
Students registered at these schools will receive free breakfast. Lunch will be charged according to the student’s eligibility (Free, Reduced or Paid).
What if my student requires a diet modification?
Any student who has a physician prescribed and physician signed Richardson ISD Diet Modification Request Form on file can contact Menu Coordinator, Sarena Glenn or visit the special dietary needs page of the RISD Child Nutrition website.
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.
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. Interactive menus allow you to see menu nutrients, ingredients and potential allergens.
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.
Pre-K students are welcome to eat school lunch in the cafeteria after their morning class or to come early and eat lunch in the cafeteria before their afternoon class. Pre-K meals have their own USDA meal pattern requirements. Pre-K student must take all the items on their set menu. Juice is limited to once per day so we save that for after school snack program. 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 Alissa Gustof at firstname.lastname@example.org.