Free Meals Through June 2021
Frisco ISD has been approved to provide free meals this school year to students and children age 18 and younger regardless of family income. The District has received a waiver from the USDA to offer breakfast and lunch at no cost to all students, both on-campus and virtual learners, as well as to children who are not enrolled in FISD. The free meals will be available – both in school cafés and “to go” – for the duration of the 2020-21 school year.
Virtual Learners & Non-Frisco ISD Students
“To-go” meals will be available for pick up upon request for enrolled Frisco ISD students participating in Virtual Academy, as well as for children who are not yet school age or who are enrolled in another public, private, charter or home school.
Please note: Because students have the option to switch to on-campus instruction after each grading period, families who wish to continue to pick up meals must complete a separate sign-up form for each grading period. Complete the form at the link below to receive meals for the third nine weeks. The first pickup of the third nine weeks will be Thursday, Jan. 7.
Sign up here
Five days’ worth of breakfast and lunch will be distributed once a week (one breakfast and one lunch per day per student). All meals will be free through the waiver period, however, families must sign up in advance. Per USDA regulations, each student/child is allowed only one free breakfast and one lunch per day, so to-go meals may not be picked up by parents of face-to-face learners who are already receiving free meals in the school cafeteria.
Weekly distribution of to-go meals is every Thursday. All menus and cooking instructions can be found here. Following additional waiver approval, a third pick-up location is available on the west side of the District starting Oct. 22. Times are specific to each site, and please note the pick-up time at Early Childhood School has changed:
8:30-9:30 AM: Early Childhood School, 10330 Red Cedar Drive, Frisco, TX, 75035 I Map I Traffic Flow
9-10 AM: Clark Middle School, 4600 Colby Drive, Frisco, TX, 75035 I Map I Traffic Flow
9-10 AM: Cobb Middle School, 9400 Teel Parkway, Frisco, TX, 75033 I Map I Traffic Flow
Participating parents are reminded to exercise caution when picking up meals, as all schools have students on campus. The school drop-off speed limit of 5 miles per hour should be observed at all times. Additionally, parents are asked to arrive for pickup only during the set hours so as not to interfere with the morning arrival of on-campus students.
Children must either be present or student ID numbers or proof of guardianship is required. List all student names and ID numbers on a piece of paper and place them on the passenger side's dash for the Child Nutrition employee to identify the student(s). You can either open your trunk for the café staff to place the meals or roll down your window once the café staff has the meals ready on the tray for you to take. If you choose to roll down your window to retrieve meals or communicate with staff, please remember to wear a mask or face covering.
For non-Frisco ISD students, proof of guardianship could include one of the following based on enrollment in another public, private, charter or home school:
Official letter/email from school listing children enrolled at the campus
Student ID number
Student ID cards
Individual student report cards
Official letter/email from facility or school listing children enrolled
Other official ID cards (for example, IDs issued by child care facility)
No action or sign up is required in order for on-campus students to receive free meals during the waiver period. All complete meals, which require students to select a fruit or vegetable, will be free regardless of meal status. However, school cafés will continue to offer items for purchase including incomplete meals, snacks and a la carte items.
A number of new or revised protocols will be in place in the cafeteria for students participating in on-campus instruction. K-12 students will come to the cafeteria to pick up meals and may eat in either the cafeteria or classroom depending on the number of students in school. Meals for Pre-Kindergarten students will be served and eaten in the classroom. Masks and shields will be worn by Child Nutrition employees, and students will wear face coverings while not eating or drinking.
Physical distancing and staggered schedules will be implemented. Signage and staff will reinforce physical distance and traffic patterns in the cafeteria. Meals will be packaged as “grab and go” to ensure ease of pick up and transport to the eating location. Hand sanitizer will be available at multiple locations, and surfaces will be disinfected between meal periods.
Additionally, several strategies will be implemented to reduce contact with high-touch areas and speed up serving lines. For meal payment, pin pads have been removed from cashier locations and replaced with barcode scanners for a touchless process. At the elementary level, ID cards and classroom rosters with barcodes will be used to help limit possible exposure. Secondary students will also be encouraged to download the SchoolCafé mobile app which contains a barcode that can be scanned for meal payment. In addition, parents are asked to utilize the SchoolCafé mobile app or website to add funds to their student’s meal account to reduce the need for the in-person exchange of cash or checks. Learn more about SchoolCafé here.
Meal Pick-Up During Closure/Quarantine
In the event of a school or classroom closure/quarantine, the Frisco ISD Child Nutrition Department will provide meals for pick-up. The opportunity to receive meals will be communicated to families impacted by the closure or quarantine. Those interested in receiving meals will be asked to complete this form and contact Child Nutrition Coordinator Tatyana Gurgenidze at email@example.com to coordinate pick-up.