Free and Reduced Price Meals
Schools are required to serve meals at no charge to children whose household income is at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. Children are entitled to pay a reduced price (a maximum of 40 cents for lunch, 30 cents for breakfast, and 15 cents for a snack) if their household income is above 130 percent but at or below 185 percent of these guidelines. Children are automatically eligible for free school meals if their household receives food stamps, benefits under the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or, in most cases, benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.
Free and reduced-price meal applications are included in your child's enrollment packet at the start of each school year. If you have any questions please call 903-891-6426.
The following steps must be completed to successfully complete the free and reduced meal application.
Step 1: Parents/Guardians of children K-4, complete the Community Eligibility Provision Socioeconomic Information Form.
Step 2: Parents/Guardians of students in the 5th-12th grade, you must complete the free and reduced lunch application by clicking one of the images below.
What is the Community Eligibility Provision?
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast program
that allows eligible campuses to provide breakfast and lunch to ALL children on a CEP campus at no charge.
It also eliminates the need to collect meal applications on those campuses.
The following schools are qualified and will operate under the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP):
Fred Douglass Early Childhood Learning Center
Perrin Learning Center
In order to ensure that our campus receives the correct amount of funding, we must conduct a survey to collect income eligibility.
Because we are a CEP district, we cannot use the same meal application as before; therefore, we have
created a simplified form to gather the data. Please click the image below to complete the socioeconomic form for the 2019-2020 school year.
Free & Reduced Price Meals FAQs
Where can I get a free and reduced price meal application?
Free and reduced price meal applications are available at the following locations: school’s front office, school cafeteria, SISD food service office (2701 Loy Lake Road, Sherman, TX 75090), or online at shermanisd.schoollunchapp.com, or click on the links above.
Parents call also call the Child Nutrition office at 903-891-6426 and request an application be mailed to your home.
How will I know if my free and reduced price meal application was approved?
Parents will receive a letter in the mail notifying them of the application outcome.
How long does it take for applications to be processed?
Sherman ISD has up to 10 working days from the day your application is received. However, if you fill out your free and reduced application form completely and accurately, it usually takes much less time. So read the instructions and call 903-891-6426 if you have any questions at all.
What income is counted in determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals?
In accordance with the Department of Agriculture’s policy as provided in the Food and Nutrition Service publication Eligibility Guidance for School Meals Manual, “income,” as the term is used in this Notice, means income before any taxes, Social Security taxes, insurance premiums, charitable contributions and bonds. It includes the following:
- Monetary compensation for services, including wages, salary, commissions or fees
- Net income from non-farm self-employment
- Net income from farm self–employment
- Social security Dividends or interest on savings or bonds or income from estates or trusts
- Net rental income
- Public assistance or welfare payments
- Unemployment compensation
- Government or civilian employee or military retirement, or pensions or veterans payments
- Private pensions or annuities
- Alimony or child support payments
- Regular contributions from persons not living in the household
- Net royalties
- Other cash income; includes cash amounts received or withdrawn from any source including savings, investments, trust accounts and other resources that would be available to pay the price of a child’s meal.
Who can I contact if I have questions about my free and reduced meal price application?
Please call us at 903-891-6426. We can answer any questions you may have about filling out the Application form or any other questions throughout the process.