Denton ISD Unpaid Meal Policy

  • Meal Charges: 
    Each student can charge 5 breakfast meals and 5 lunch meals to their account. À la carte items are not available for charging. Total charge amount based on eligibility status and grade level: 

    • Elementary Full Pay Meals: $21.50
    • Elementary Reduced Priced Meals: $3.50 

    • Secondary Full Pay Meals: $24.50
    • Secondary Reduced Priced Meals: $3.50

    Low Account Balances:
    When a student’s account balance is less than $2.00 or has a negative balance, an email notification to the household will be sent via email. If the account balance continues to have a negative balance, the household will also receive an automated phone call with a reminder.

    Elementary:
    Once a student reaches the maximum charge limit of $21.50 for paid students and $3.50 for reduced students, the student will receive and be charged for a courtesy meal. Students may not charge any à la carte items.

    Secondary:
    Once a student reaches the maximum charge limit of $24.50 for paid students and $3.50 for reduced students, the student will receive and be charged for a courtesy meal. Students may not charge à la carte items. If the student's account balance reaches a negative balance of $50.00, the student will need to make all purchases with cash or check until their negative balance is paid. 

    Payment Methods:
    Parents are encouraged to set up an account at the SchoolCafe website. You can monitor your student’s account.

    Benefits include:

    • Make payments to the student’s account
    • Set low balance alerts
    • Monitor account balance and purchase transactions
    • All cafeterias also accept cash or check payments

    Meal Pricing: 
    For meal and à la carte pricing, please refer to the information found on the Child Nutrition website on the “Prices” tab. Free/reduced applications are available online at the SchoolCafe website or at the Child Nutrition office located at 1303 North Elm Street. We encourage households to complete an application if they feel they may qualify for meal benefits. 


    In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or by fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or email: Program.Intake@usda.gov