Free & Reduced-Price Meals

Children need healthy meals to learn. Pasadena Independent School District Nutrition Services offers healthy meals every school day.

Breakfast is free in Elementary, Intermediate and High schools; lunch costs $2.20 in Elementary schools, $2.65 in Intermediate schools and $2.75 in High schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $.40 for lunch. If you received a notification letter that a child is directly certified for free meals, do not complete an application. Let the school know if any children in the household attending school are not listed in the letter.

The questions and answers that follow and attached directions provide additional information on how to complete the application. Complete only one application for all the students in the household and return the completed application to Mary Harryman, Director of Nutrition Services, 1515 Cherrybrook, Pasadena, TX 77502. If you have questions about applying for free or reduced-price meals call Blanca Banda at 713-740-0146 or 713-740-0093.

The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit to begin or to learn more about the online application process.

frequently asked questions

Who can get free meals

What if I disagree with the school's decision about my application?

My child's application was approved last year.   Do I need to fill out a new one?

If I don't qualify now, may I apply later?

What if my income is not always the same?

We are in the military. Do we report our income differently?

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?

Will my application information be checked?

My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?

Contact Blanca Banda at 713-740-0146 or 713-740-0093 if you have questions about the online application.