The U.S. Department of Agriculture waived all costs for parents associated with the federal public school food programs for the upcoming 2021-22 school year.
This allows Richardson ISD to provide all students with breakfast and lunch meals each day through June 30, 2022. RISD’s meal service procedures will continue as usual, and students can purchase additional meals and à la carte items using the normal process, assuming there are funds available in the student’s account. The USDA based its decision on “the exceptional circumstances of this public health emergency” caused by the pandemic.
All RISD students can receive one breakfast meal and one lunch meal daily throughout the school year. For students, the cafeteria process will be the same as they are used to – a student will provide their personal pin number at the register after selecting their meal items.
This free meals for all students program is expected to be a one-year change only; the income requirements and eligibility application process for free or reduced cost meals are expected to resume for the 2022-23 school year.