Child Nutrition

Hours of Operation
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(817) 783-6807

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Alvarado ISD Child Nutrition Program to serve each student meals that are appealing, nutritious and appetizing in an environment that is safe, clean, and cheerful. The child nutrition program is designed as a service organization and, as such, has a primary obligation in making this service available to all students and staff. The program works to see that students are taught the value of proper nutrition and good food habits. Meals that are well planned and nutritious reflect the standard set by the child nutrition program. Students are the backbone of the child nutrition program, and as such, always require a caring word and a pleasant smile.

Child Nutrition Goals

1. To offer well-planned meals that are appealing, nutritious, and appetizing.
2. To serve meals that encourage the students to expand their choice of acceptable foods.
3. To educate students and the general public about good nutrition and good food habits.
4. To serve food that is fresh and is in the best condition.
5. To maintain safety and sanitation habits that result in food that is of the highest possible quality.
6. To encourage each employee to always be professional and dedicated in his/her service to the school and the community.
7. To encourage each employee to enhance his/her professional potential by attending child nutrition training and educational classes.
8. To conduct the child nutrition program in an efficient and professional manner at a minimum cost to the student.
9. To be friendly and courteous and to treat everyone with dignity and respect at all times.

School Meal Prices

2017-18 School Meal Prices
































School Meal Charges

Did you know Food and Nutrition Services is an enterprise fund that does not receive General Fund support? As a result they must earn money through meal and snack sales in order to pay all operating expenses.

The child nutrition department has a charge policy which has been adopted at all schools. Unpaid charges reduce revenue which affects our ability to pay food bills, employee salaries, and many other expenses. Unpaid charges and the costs associated in collecting these charges may result in higher meal prices for all students.

Alvarado ISD meal charge system goals are:

  • To treat all students with dignity and respect;
  • To maintain a positive experience for your child during meal service;
  • To establish practices that are age appropriate; and
  • To promote parents’ responsibility for meal payments.

    Payment in advance for meals enables the district to achieve these goals.

Charge Policy

In order to make sure our students have every opportunity to eat a meal, we have decided to allow students to charge up to $10.00.

Balance Notification

Below are the notification steps we take so you and your student know when money is needed:

  1. Alvarado ISD Cafeteria Staff tell each student the balance in their account as they go through the line each day.
  2. We provide parents the ability to check their child’s balance online using family access.
  3. We provide parents the ability to turn on a low balance notice that calls or emails the parent when a student has a low balance.
  4. Our point of sale software automatically calls parents each Wednesday if their child has a balance of zero or less.

Methods of Payment

Parents may prepay for their child's meals with a check or cash at the Operations office located at 110 South Bill Jackson Drive, Alvarado. Parents may also pay using a credit card through Family Access. Students may prepay for their meals before school, or they may pay for their meal at the time of service. We accept cash or check payments at both the school cafeterias and the Operation’s office.

Payment Responsibility

Payment for a child's meals is the responsibility of the parent. We take every step possible to try to make it easy for parents to stay informed about their child's account balance and to make payments. We also participate in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program to further assist our parents. Please assist us by staying informed about your child's balance, and by making regular payments to keep your child's balance above the charge limit. Please do not put anyone at the school in the position of having to deny your child a meal – NO ONE wants to do that! If you make sure your child has adequate funds for purchasing school lunches, this can be avoided. Thank you. 

Alternative Meals

Principals may approve an alternative meal for a student, if a child does not have money in their account, and the principal feels that there is a special circumstance that warrants the purchase of an alternative meal. An alternative meal has three components and it consist of items that are being served on the menu for that particular day.

NSF Checks

When a check is returned to the Alvarado ISD Child Nutrition Department for NSF, a letter will be sent to inform the parent(s) from the CN Office. The deposit to the child(ren)’s account will be reversed, and an additional fifteen dollar fee for processing the NSF check will be posted to the child(ren)’s account. Payment must be received within ten (10) days of the date of the letter. If payment is not received, the matter may be turned over to the County Prosecutor’s office.


For any student who is withdrawn or graduating, a written request for a refund of any money remaining in their account must be submitted to the Child Nutrition office in order for a refund to be issued. The letter must be from the child’s parent/guardian. The letter must request the refund, list the child’s full name and date of birth, and list the address where the refund is to be mailed. Funds can also be transferred to a sibling’s account with a written request.

Unclaimed Funds

All refunds must be requested within one year. Unclaimed funds will then become the property of the Alvarado ISD Child Nutrition Department.

School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program

The School Breakfast Program and the National School Lunch program are federally assisted meal programs that provide low cost or free meals to students who qualify.

Schools send school meal applications home at the beginning of each school year. However, you may apply for school meals any time during the school year by submitting an application directly to your school or our child nutrition office. You may ask for an application any time during the school year. If you’re earning at or below current Income Eligibility Guidelines, you are encouraged to contact your school or our child nutrition department to fill out a school meal application. Applications are reviewed by our child nutrition department before granting free or reduced price benefits.

Remember that you may have applied for free or reduced price meals and have a pending application, but you must pay for all school meals until you receive an Approval Letter. We receive thousands of applications each year, and we work hard to process them as fast as possible. It, however, may take up to thirteen days to begin receiving benefits after the application is received by the Child Nutrition Department.

School Meal Applications expire, so you will need to complete a new meal application each school year unless you receive a letter for the current school year stating that you are categorically eligible.

Thirty Day Rollover

Because of the time it takes to process applications, students who were free or reduced in the previous year remain at their previous year’s status for the first thirty days of the new school year or until a new application is received and processed. One a new application is processed the new status takes over, so if a child was free last year, and an application is processed in the second week of school that qualifies the student for reduced meals, the student’s status will be changed to reduced status on the date that the application is processed not at the end of the thirty day period.

Students, who do not turn in an application that can be processed within this thirty day window, will roll over to paid status and will be responsible for paying for all meals consumed. For this reasons it is very important for parents who feel that they may qualify for free lunches to promptly complete and return an application at the beginning of each school year. Parents, who do not qualify for free meals, may qualify for reduced price meals. Reduced price breakfast costs 0 cents, and reduced price lunch costs 0 cents.

Summer Food Service Program

With the Summer Food Service Program, children and teens ages 18 and younger can continue to eat healthy at no cost.


Alvarado Intermediate School Cafeteria


May 29- June 28, 2018


7:30-8:15am (Breakfast) 10:45a-12:30pm (Lunch)

More info:

817.783.1102 or

No cost meals provided to Kids 18 years of age and younger


Alvarado has elected to outsource their child nutrition services to Chartwells School Dining Services. Chartwells manages child nutrition services for over 550 school districts and has been in business around 65 years in the United States. You may find more information about their company and nutrition information at their website by clicking here

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