Apply Online for Free/Reduced Meals
If you have received a letter or email from the school district indicating that you currently receive free/reduced meals for the 2022-2023 school year, you do not need to apply.For a speedy review and approval process, parents/guardians can apply for free/reduced meals through www.SchoolCafe.com at any time.Check out this Video for a quick demo!
Managing Your Child's Meals Account
To pre-pay your student's meal account & complete an application online to apply for free or reduced meals benefits. 855-729-2328 Toll free support line
- You will need your student's ID number to register. If you do not know your student's ID number, call 281-988-3388.
- Online applications are encouraged for faster response time.
- View your student's cafeteria account balance and purchases.
- Make secure online payments anytime, anywhere.
- Set up hassle-free automatic payments for your student
- Receive email messages when your account has a low balance
All Alief ISD school cafeterias offer nutritionally balanced meals that meet USDA regulations. They include meat or a meat alternative, a vegetable and/or fruit, bread, and a choice of milk. A vegetarian entree is also available each day, as well as many traditional and reduced-fat a la carte and snack items.
The Federal Meals Office - Location is 12400 High Star, Building T-248.Houston, TX - During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, Alief ISD must return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-priced meals based on student eligibility. Starting on July 19, 2022, Alief ISD will begin distributing letters and applications to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits. Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Freed and Reduced-Price School Meals, also available at www.schoolcafe.com and return the completed form online or to any school office.The application will determine a child's eligibility for free and reduced-price meals and may assist in the determination of eligibility for other state or federal benefits. Only one application needs to be completed per household. Schools will notify the household of the child's eligibility. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers school nutrition programs in Texas and offers an eligibility calculator at www.SquareMeals.org/ProgramEligibility.Decisions regarding payment for school meals are at the national-government level, not by the school nutrition team or TDA. The dedicated staff at Alief ISD is looking forward to serving healthy, balanced meals to students in the new school year. These meals, whether paid, free, or reduced-price, offer a good source of nutrition for children.
Please note that if you received a notification letter that a child is directly certified for free or reduced-price meals, do not complete an application.