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Why Aren’t Meals Available at No Cost this School Year?

During the pandemic, schools were able to offer no-cost meals to all students due to temporary program flexibilities provided by the federal government. These flexibilities have expired, and the U.S. Congress did not provide funding in this year’s budget to allow schools to serve free meals to all students in the 2022-2023 school year. Your school nutrition team looks forward to serving healthy, balanced meals to every student in the new school year. These meals offer a good source of nutrition for children.


How Do I Apply for Assistance in Paying for School Meals?

Free and reduced-price online applications are preferred and are available at Households that are not already receiving free and reduced-price benefits maycomplete and submit one Free and Reduced-Price School Meal Application per household listing for all students and household members onto one application. Submitting a Free and Reduced-Price School Meal Application and qualifying for meal benefits can provide other benefits in addition to free and reduced-price meals so applying is highly encouraged and recommended.


If My Household was Not Approved for Meal Benefits, How Much is Breakfast and Lunch for my Child?

  • Breakfast is available at no cost to all students in Dickinson ISD regardless of income under the Universal Free Breakfast program.
  • The price of reduced-price lunch has been waived for the 2022-2023 school year.
  • For students not receiving meal benefits, lunch prices are  $2.00 (grades Pk-4), $2.50 (grades 5-6), $2.50 (grades 7-8), and $2.75 (grades 9-12).


Please be sure to visit the Food and Nutrition Services department’s website at

Click to apply for meal benefits

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