Free Meals for All Students

  • child nutrition Gainesville ISD will continue to provide free meals for all students for the 2023-2024 school year.  GISD qualified for the Communication Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, which will allow GISD to provide breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge.

    The program will once again enable ALL students in GISD to receive free breakfast and lunch without the requirement for families to complete the National School Lunch Program free/reduced meal application.  However, districts in the CEP program are required to collect an income survey from all families.  The survey is now included during the registration process. This simple and concise form will provide valuable information that will assist GISD in qualifying for a multitude of grants from additional funding sources. The survey is collected via paper form when school begins.

    Students Who Pack Lunch Get Additional Items from the Café for Free
    Does your child pack a lunch, but you still want them to have a couple of additional healthier items? They can get them in the café for free! Many students who pack a lunch will still come in and get a fruit and vegetable to compliment the items they brought from home. This can also be a stress reliever for parents who want their kids to still have a well-balanced meal but may not have those items at home for kids to pack.

    Minimum Requirement for Students to Receive for Free:
    The student must take a minimum of 3 items of those 3 items, 1 of them must be a fruit or a vegetable.
    Examples: 1 Carton of Milk, 1 Apple, 1 side of Celery or 1 Juice, 1 side of Celery, 1 Side of Broccoli

    *A Child Nutrition Team Member will assist all students to make sure the correct items are taken.

    Meal Menu App for Students and Parents
    Download the Nutrislice App in any App Store for All Meal Information. Use the Nutrislice app to check out daily menus online, nutrition facts, promotions, etc.To get started, type Gainesville ISD in “Find Organization” and you are set! You can favorite your student(s) school(s) and stay informed on all information regarding meal service.  

  • The department follows Food Base Menu Planning. All meals must meet the Recommended Daily Allowance established by the USDA and the Texas Department of Agriculture. We research and evaluate every recipe in our menu to ensure they meet nutrition requirements measured by the following categories: Saturated Fat, Total Fat, Calories and Sodium. For further details on the Texas Public School Nutrition Policy please refer to the full policy at

    In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Direcotr, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avunue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964(voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

    De acuendo a lo establecido por las leyes Federales y el Departamento do Agriculture de los EE.UU. (USDA, siglad en ingles), se prohibite a este organismo la discriminacion por raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, edad, o impeimentos de las personas. (No todas las bases de prohibicion se aplican a todos los programas.) Para presentar una queja sobre discriminacion, escriba a USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410, o llame al (202) 720-5964 (voz y TDD). USDA es un provendor y empleador que ofrece oportunidad igual a todos.

    Child Nutrition

    William Szczurek - Director of Child Nutrition


    Robin Sorrell - Administrative Assistant 
    800 S Morris, Gainesville, TX 76240
    Telephone: 940.668.3626