Free & Reduced Eligibility

Submit an application for 2021-2022 to qualify for free or reduced-price school meals for the beginning of 2022-2023.
Submit an application

If your household is eligible, the free or reduced meals will begin in 2022-2023 and last until your household qualifies as free or reduced-price again or 30 operating days pass.  Remember to (re)apply for free or reduced school meals for the 2022-2023 school year online in August 2022.
School meals WILL NOT be free to all students in 2022-2023. Households must qualify for free or reduced price meals.

The free or reduced meal application for 2022-2023 opens in August. 

Children need healthy meals to learn. Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD offers healthy meals to our students every school day. This school year, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD offers healthy meals every school day to all students at no cost. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year.

While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, to establish eligibility for free or reduced-price meals for the 2022-2023 school year, please apply online at for free or reduced-price meals this school year.

Please note that if you have received a notification letter that your child is directly certified for free or reduced-price meals, do not complete an application. Please call 972.968.6390 if any child(ren) in your household attending school are not listed in the Direct Certification notification letter that you received.

The questions and answers that follow and the directions on the online and paper applications provide additional information on how to complete the application. Complete only one application for all of the students in the household. To apply, please complete the online application at Paper applications are on this page to the right. The completed paper applications can be returned to the Student Nutrition Office at 1505 Randolph St., Carrollton, TX 75006 or the office or cafeteria at your child(ren)’s school. We cannot approve an incomplete application, so be sure to fill out all required information. If you have questions about applying for free or reduced-price meals, please call 972.968.6390.

The Student Nutrition Department will review all applications. Parents will be notified of the results within ten days of receipt of the application. All applications will be handled privately and information will be kept confidential. Students who participate in this program will be treated in the same manner as those who pay the full price.

Each student who was enrolled on the last day of school and received benefits will continue to receive benefits for a short grace period in the new school year until the new application is approved. Parents are encouraged to return applications as soon as possible to prevent the loss of benefits. A new application must be received each school year. If the grace period expires before an application is processed and approved, the student will be charged the full price for meal.

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.