CHILD NUTRITION DEPARTMENT
Frequently Asked Questions
Child Nutrition Department
Our district has computerized its food service registers. When a student enrolls, he or she is given
a PIN number that will follow he or she through all of the grades at all Alvin ISD campuses. Entering
the PIN number at the cash register brings up your child's account. Every student in the school district,
regardless of his or her ability to pay, is issued a PIN number. The student PIN number must remain
confidential information and must not be shared. PIN numbers can be changed at any time by requesting
the school cafeteria manager change the number. Meals can be paid for using cash or checks at the
cafeteria registers or by credit card securely online at:
All staff accounts are automatically created at the time of employment. Visitor account can be created by
any cafeteria manager. Staff and visitors are also welcome to use a generic adult account at any time,
Staff and visitor accounts can be funded or monitored 24/7 via:
How can I manage my student and or adult meal account?
Parents are strongly encouraged to use School Cafe at:
to manage their student's or adult cafeteria account. When using School Cafe you can register to receivelow balance email reminders and you can also monitor your child or adult account. Using School Cafe in
this way is at NO COST to you! Should you wish to deposit deposit money in your child's account using
School Cafe, a fee of $1.75 will be charged by School Cafe. Payment is often received within 15 minutes,
although the site cannot guarantee immediate payment due to the nature of internet connections ect. You
can always send a check or cash with your child and we will gladly accept your payment in the cafeteria.
If my student leaves Alvin Schools, how do I get my account
balance refunded or transferred?
Refund/Transfer Forms are available here:
and at the school cafeteria offices.Once the completed forms are received by the Child
Nutrition Department, the Business Office cuts and mails checks every Friday.
Depending on when the refund form was submitted, you should receive your check in
about two weeks.
How do I apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals?
To qualify for the Free & Reduced-price meal benefits, a student's parent or guardian must fill out an
online application for each school year. Apply 24/7 online here:
A new application must be filled out at the beginning of each new school year. All household members,
including all students should be included in one form. Only one form per household is required.
If the household income falls within the income guidelines as set by USDA each year, then you will be
notified within 10 days of receipt of the application of the approval status. Paper applications will
continue to be accepted; however applicants are encouraged to submit applications online for faster
processing. Paper forms are available at the Child Nutrition Department located at 2200 Stapp-Maxwell,
Building F in Alvin, Texas.The cafeteria computer accounts are updated nightly as students are
approved for free or reduced-price meal benefits.
Meal eligibilities are kept strictly confidential.
The codes are confidential and only the student and cashier know the student's status.
Applications may be submitted any time during the school year.
If you have questions, please call 281-245-2277.
How do I find out what is being served?School menus are planned and prepared in cycles. All menus are available here on our web site using the
NutriSlice App, see the link below. Substitutions may occur on the menu due to product availability, student
preferences and government commodity inventories. We try very hard to supply what is on the menu to
every elementary child in the district.
What is "Offer Vs. Serve" and "Components"?
For instance, At breakfast we must offer students 4 items from 3 components (Milk, Grain, Fruit):1. Milk- 8 oz, 1 component and 1 item
2. Grains- 2 servings (2 items) or a Grain + a Meat (as a grain) option (2 items)
3. Total of 1 cup of fruit or fruit juice(4 oz.)
They only have to take 3 of the 4 or they can take all 4. One item must be a fruit or fruit juice.
The price is the same.
For lunch, we must offer 5 components:
1. Meat or meat alternate like cheese or eggs -1 to 2 OZ. serving (1 component)
2. Fruit - 1/2 to 1 cup (1 component)
3. Vegetable - 3/4 to 1 cup (1 component)
4. Bread or bread alternate 1 serving (like rice or pasta) (1 component)
5. Milk 8 OZ serving (1 component)
They only have to take (be served) 3 of the 5 components or they can take all 5 at the same price.
At least 1 of the 3 components MUST be a serving of fruit or vegetable.
This is called Offer Vs. Serve meal service. It allows the students choices and also helps us keep prices
lower for our students, while insuring they receive a well-balanced nutritious meal. Sometimes we ask a
student who has not taken the minimum number of items on the tray to select another item to make the
meal reimbursable. This helps us keep our reimbursement and allows the student to pay a lower price for
an entire meal, instead of paying for each item separately (a la carte) when the required number of items are
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