Thanks to a temporary federal allowance, Austin ISD announced all students, regardless of household income, will receive free lunch and breakfast through the 2021-22 school year.

Virtual students will also have access to free meals, the news release stated.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced April 20 that it would expand its National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option through June 30, 2022.

According to the release, parents do not need to submit financial eligibility for the free lunch and breakfast program for the 2021-22 school year, but the requirement will resume for the 2022-23 school year.

AISD will continue collecting income verification to keep up with demographic data needed for schools to qualify for various other types of funding, and the release states families may submit income verification on the AISD website's Parent Portal feature during online enrollment or through a paper form provided by their child's campus.

Because AISD receives federal reimbursement for each meal served to students, rather than a block of funding, the more meals it serves the more funding the district has to invest in higher quality foods, local cooks and food suppliers, the release stated.

Daily menus, nutritional information and allergen information are available online at, according to the release.