Free and Reduced Meal Program

  • To receive free or reduced priced meals in the current school year, your child(ren) must have a current school year approved meal application or current school year Direct Approval/Certification Notice on file in the Child Nutrition Department even if they were approved for meal benefits in the previous school year.

    Parents and Guardians are responsible for any charges incurred by their children in the cafeteria. This includes the meal charges while applications are being processed for meal benefits until they are approved. 

    It is important to include all household members and students on the application even if they choose not to participate in the program. 

    Free and Reduced Benefits. Students and families may receive discounted fees for various programs at school and home. The District also receives more grant money and funding for students based on the number of students approved for free and reduced-price meals. Every family can assist our District and your child’s campus by completing a Free and Reduced meal application each school year.

    ONLINE APPLICATION FOR THE 2024-25 SCHOOL YEAR WILL OPEN AUGUST 1ST. ALL APPLICATIONS ARE TO BE COMPLETED THROUGH HTTPS://WWW.SCHOOLCAFE.COM/FBISD.

    PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE "HOW TO COMPLETE A FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEAL BENEFITS APPLICATION GUIDE".

    Questions?  Email mealapps@fortbendisd.com or call (281) 634-1855.

    Returning Applicants

    To avoid any interruption in program benefits, submit a new application for approval before September 19, 2024. FBISD does not backdate application approvals per Federal Regulations, so be sure to make a timely submission of your application. Please click here to apply. Submit only one application per household.
  • Frequently Asked Questions

  • In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted 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; or

    2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or

    3. email:
    Program.Intake@usda.gov

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.