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Welcome to Child Nutrition!

Good nutrition and learning go hand in hand.

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The Nutrition Services department is made up of a team of food and nutrition professionals that are dedicated to students' health, well being and their ability to learn. We support learning by promoting healthy habits for lifelong nutrition and fitness practices.

Meals, foods and beverages sold or served at schools meet state and federal requirements which are based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines. We provide students with access to a variety of affordable and appealing foods that meet the health and nutrition needs of students.Online Meal Applications

 NEW!  Now you can apply for free or reduced school meals online! The process is quick easy and FREE, and in a few short steps you’ll be done!

If a student was on the meal program at the end of the last school year, the benefit will carry over for the first 30 Days of school. A new application must be submitted to continue benefits for each school year.

NEW! Now you can check on the status of your application for free or reduced school meals online. This is also a FREE service. Visit www.schoollunchstatus.com and then select your state (Texas) and then your District (Richardson). Enter the confirmation number from the on line application or the student's name and ID number. Click "Submit" to view your application status. It's that easy!

Students should have money in their account or pay cash for meals or any menu items.  The cashier will inform the student when money should be deposited into the account. Notices will also be given to the classroom teacher to send home with the students in the elementary schools. We ask that parents monitor their student's lunch account balances and sending lunch money when needed. This can be done at PayPAMS.com.

Child Nutrition will provide a complimentary lunch usually consisting of a sandwich with a carton of juice to any student who does not bring a lunch to school and who does not have money or meal benefits. 

Meal Offerings & Reimbursable Meals

All menus offFile Manager -> Allergyinfo.jpgerred in the cafeteria are planned by registered dietitians and meet the nutritional guidelines set forth by the United States and Texas Departments of Agriculture. When a student consumes a complete breakfast, he or she receives ¼ of the daily Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for the student’s age. Consuming a complete lunch ensures that the student receives 1/3 of the daily RDA’s for the student’s age.

RISD has a two-week cycle menu that is individualized for elementary, junior high and high school students. The menus are printed annually and are available at each campus, from the Child Nutrition office, or here on the website.

School Breakfast
School breakfast consists of a choice of one milk, a choice of fruit and juice and a choice of either two grains or a meat and a grain, depending on the menu. To get a reimbursable meal, students may select a minimum of three items. Breakfast items are milk, fruit, grain and protein. A student must take at least one of the servings of fruit or juice. Students who choose only two items, who do not take a fruit or juice or who choose more items from the same category (i.e. milk or grain) will be charged a la carte prices.

 School Lunch
Students may select from the five components to build a school lunch. Lunch components are fruit, grain, protein, milk and vegetables. A student must take a minimum of three different components in order to pay the lunch price or to receive meal benefits. Students who take less than three different components will be charged a la carte prices.

A student must select at least one serving of either fruit or vegetable with their meal both at lunch and at breakfast in order to be able to pay the lunch price or to receive meal benefits. This is in compliance with the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010. Students do not have to take the meat/meat alternate and do not have to take a milk.

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For Comments:

If you have any comments about the menu or your school cafeteria please e-mail Rose Ann Martin at roseann.martin@risd.org.