Where Can I Apply?

  • Hays CISD Child Nutrition uses one app for your cafeteria needs. Hays CISD partners with SchoolCafe, a safe and secure way for parents to apply for free & reduced-price meals and make online payments to student's cafeteria accounts. Follow the link to get started. https://www.schoolcafe.com/hayscisd


Free & Reduce Price Meal Application FAQ

  • Are meals going to be free this year?

    The federal waiver that gave program flexibilities to serve free meals for all students has expired for the 22-23 school year. We are currently accepting meal applications for free and reduced-price meals. We encourage households to fill out an application. Households eligible for free or reduced-price benefits may be eligible for additional benefits. 

    Do I need to fill out an application every year?

    Yes, every school year each household is required to fill out an application for the current school year.

    Where can I get an application?

    You can easily apply online https://www.schoolcafe.com/hayscisd or you can get a paper application from the front office at your student's school and the Child Nutrition office.

    Do I need to fill out an application if I already received a letter stating that my student/students are on the program for the current school year?

    If you already received a letter stating your student qualifies for free/reduced price benefits for the current school year, then you do not need to fill out an application. 

    Do I need to fill out an application for every student in my household?

    You only need to fill out 1 application per household.

    Updated 8/10/22

Paper Applications & Additional Help

  • Please call the  Child Nutrition office at 512-268-1336 if you need assistance or have questions filling out the application. All applications are processed on a first in-first out basis, and a letter stating the results of your application will be mailed home.