Randy McIIwain, NBC 5 News
A new program for all Dallas ISD students provides free breakfast and lunch for the rest of the school year.
The Dallas Independent School District is now offering free breakfast and lunch to all students.
Effective Tuesday, the district is implementing a federal amendment that allows the National Lunch and School Breakfast programs to be offered to all students districtwide.
“This is an incredible opportunity for the students of Dallas ISD,” said Dora Rivas, executive director, Food and Child Nutrition Services. “We know that students who have nutritious meals each day perform better in school. It is impossible for students to do their best work if they are hungry. Through this provision everyone wins, especially our students.”
The district qualifies for the new option due to the number of completed applications for free or reduced-priced meals.
DISD will not receive any extra money from the Texas Department of Agriculture for the meal program. The district will pay for any additional costs.
Applications will continue to be accepted throughout the year. To apply, visit foodapp.dallasisd.org.
Editor's Note: Based on information from DISD, a previous version of this story incorrectly stated that a new Texas Department of Agriculture provision allows the district to offer the free meals. The school district later issued a correction stating there was no policy change.