Meal Sense (Free & Reduced Program)

Meal Sense   

Meal Sense allows parents and guardians to obtain nutritionally balanced, free or reduced-price school meals for their children through the National School Lunch Program.  At any time during the school year, you may apply for your child to receive free or reduced rate breakfast and lunch meals.

 Free & Reduced Applications Deadline: October 10th

A new free and reduced application must be completed each school year. If your children received free or reduced priced meals last year, they automatically received the meal benefits for the first 30 days of school. On October 10th, only students who submitted a 2017 - 2018 school year application & qualified for the program are receiving free or reduced priced meals. 

Apply Online (2017-2018 Applications)
Go to http://northwestisd.schoollunchapp.com
* Please follow the application directions carefully so your application can be processed quickly. If you have more than one child attending NISD schools, combine their names on one application form.

What if I need additional assistance?
Please contact our office at 817-215-0007 or debi.rowley@nisdtx.org.




Apply Online (2017-2018 Applications)
  • Go to http://northwestisd.schoollunchapp.com
  • Please follow the application directions carefully so your application can be processed quickly. If you have more than one child attending NISD schools, combine their names on one application form.
  • A new application must be completed each school year
  • If your child received free or reduced priced meals last year, they have automatically received the meal benefits for the first 30 days of school. After 30 days, only students who submitted a new application this school year and qualified for the program will receive free or reduced price meals. 
  • An application cannot be approved until all requested fields have been completed and signed by an adult household member.
  • If your household receives benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), then your child automatically qualifies for free school meals. Please contact your school to determine if you are required to fill out an application.

Apply With Paper Application


Check Your Application Status Online

  • Go to www.schoollunchstatus.com
  • New or preschool students, may NOT show they have qualified for the program until the school completely enrolls the child into their system.  If you have multiply children on the program, the child who is new to the district will not appear with the siblings until the school fully enrolls the child.
  • You may submit a Free & Reduced application without a student ID for new students.  Once they are enrolled in the school, the application will begin processing.
  • If your child is enrolled at Northwest ISD the application status is typically available within 48 hours after submitting your completed online application.

Students On The Program

  • Students on the Free & Reduced program may get 1 Breakfast & 1 Lunch Combo Meal daily for their free or reduced price.  
  • Free & Reduced prices don’t apply towards a la carte items.  Prices don't apply to franchise brands: Pizza Hut, Java City, Subway, Red Mango, etc.
  • At the High School, students on the program may get a Combo Lunch Meal at Rock Hill, Corner Crust, Home Zone & Custom Brothers.  These lines may also have a la cart items so be sure to choose a Combo Meal.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I have to provide proof of income with my application?
A: You only have to provide proof of income if you are applying for Pre-K with your child’s school. However, families are randomly selected for income verification once a year. Families that are selected will have to provide proof of income or will be dropped from the program.

Q: If my child was on the program last year, do I need to complete another application?
A:  Yes, a new application must be completed each school year.  If you received free/reduced-priced meals last year, your children will continue to receive meal benefits the first 30 business days of school. During that time, a new application must be completed for free/reduced meals to continue.  If a new application is not submitted, your child will be dropped from the program after the 30 day grace period.

Q: What type of income should be included on the form?
A:  Any type of income must be included, including employment income, social security benefits, child support, etc. You must report how often it is received. 

Q: 
Is the form available in Spanish? 
A: Yes. 

Q: 
What if I have no income? 
A: If you do not have an income at the time of the application, we will approve the application temporarily for 60 days. After the 60 days, your child will be dropped from the program unless a new application is filed showing some type of income, food stamp or TANF case number. 

Q: What if I need additional assistance?
Please contact the Aramark Office at 817-215-0006.

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