“I forgot my lunch money!” – a universal statement that sends parents everywhere into panic. Phone calls are made, money is quickly added to your child’s account or lunches are hurriedly dropped off at school, and parents start their day somewhat frazzled. But Irving ISD has just made it a little bit simpler.
Beginning this August, Irving ISD will offer free breakfast AND lunch to all students in PreK through eighth grade. Yes, you read that correctly, parents! Breakfast and lunch will be served at no charge for all PreK through eighth-grade students, thanks to the district’s participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.
If your child has money on their lunch account, do not worry as the funds roll over each year. Students will be able to utilize the funds to purchase additional snacks and meals if they choose to do so.
Irving ISD plans to expand this service to high schools in the near future.
In the meantime, high school students can apply for free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lunch Program. The following criteria will be used to determine a high school student’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals:
- Income – Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels.
- Categorical or Automatic Eligibility – Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Program Participant
- Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant or displaced by a declared disaster
- Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start
For additional information, contact the Irving ISD Food and Nutrition Services Department at 972-600-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.