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Meal Prices/Payment/etc

  • Meal prices for 2023-2024

  • Hudson ISD already provides access through Skyward Family Access to check your child's meal account balance and history of transactions. 

    Now in addition to accepting cash and checks for school meals, HISD is offering parents the convenient option of making online payments for student meals.  Payments may be made with a Master Card or VISA at any time of the day or night, seven days a week.  You must have an account with Family Access to use this option.   Once you log in to your Family Access account, go to the Food Service tab, and under your student's account information, look for the "make online payment" tab.  Click this “make online payment” tab and follow the easy steps to make a payment.  Payments are immediately posted to your child's account.  

    Separate transactions are required for each child.  We hope you find this option easy and convenient. 

    If you have any issues or problems with this system, please contact the Food Service office at 875-9217.

  • If your child is in need of a special diet relating to a medical condition, please contact the Director of Child Nutrition and schedule a meeting.  The diet order form in the attachment is required to be filled out by your child's physician or medical authority.  Substitutions can be made to meals if it is required by doctor's orders.    
                                                            SPECIAL DIET Order Form (Must be completed by medical authority)

    Substitutions based on a child's personal likes and dislikes will not be made.

  • In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

    Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

    To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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    • Recipes, shopping tips, age appropriate nutrition information

    Nutrition Knowledge is Power!

    • Healthy benefits of Whole Grain foods

    Super Tracker for food & fitness

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      Get tips and support to help you make healthier choices and plan ahead.

    Texas Dept. of Agriculture Food & Nutrition

    • Texas Public School Nutrition Policy
      School Meal Program overview - nutritional guidelines
      Parent section - tips for healthy eating and active living
      Just for Kids section - nutritious snack suggestions, activities

    My Plate Food Guidance System

    • Eat Smart, Play Hard
      • This site is specifically designed for parents and caregivers to provide information to help you eat better, be more physically active and be a role model for your kids.
    • Four Simple Steps to Food Safety
    • Chill out Bacteria - keeping cold foods safe
    • Healthy Meals & Snacks


  • USDA Smart Snacks Rule - Updated Sept. 2023

    These science-based nutrition standards promote a healthy school environment and apply to all foods and beverages
                                                      sold outside of the reimbursable school nutrition program meals.”


    All a la carte items (snack items) must meet the Smart Snacks standards.

    All a la carte items must meet at least one of the following criteria for all age/grade levels:
        1. be a Whole grain rich product
        2. First ingredient is fruit, vegetable, dairy or protein
        3. A combination food with at least 1/4 cup fruit and/or vegetable

    AND must meet all these nutrient requirements
              Calories - <200
              Sodium - <200mg per serving
              Total Fat - <35% of total Calories from fat per serving
              Saturated Fat - <10% of total calories per serving
              Trans Fat - zero grams
              Total Sugar - <35% of weight from total sugars per foods

    Beverage Standards:

    All schools may sell:

    • Plain water (with or without carbonation)
    • Unflavored low fat milk
    • Unflavored or flavored fat free milk and milk alternatives permitted by NSLP/SBP
    • 100% fruit or vegetable juice and
    • 100% fruit or vegetable juice diluted with water (with or without carbonation), and no added sweeteners.
    • Elementary schools may sell up to 8 oz portions, while middle schools and high schools may sell up to 12 oz portions of milk and juice.  There is no portion size limit for plain water.

    Beyond this, the standards allow additional “no calorie” and “lower calorie” beverage options for high school students.

    • No  more than 20-ounce portions of • Calorie-free, flavored water (with or without carbonation); and  other flavored and/or carbonated beverages that are labeled to contain < 5 calories per 8 fluid oz or <10 calories per 20 fluid oz.
    • No more than 12-oz portions of beverages with < 40 calories per 8 fluid oz, or < 60 calories per 12 fluid oz


    Accompaniments such as cream cheese, salad dressing and butter must be included in the nutrient profile as part of the food item sold.  This helps control the amount of calories, fat, sugar and sodium added to foods by accompaniments,w which can be significant.

    Sodium limits for reimbursable meals effective for 2023-3024 School Year including condiments to meet Sodium Interim Target 1A

                Elementary – 1,110 mg on average per meal
                Middle School – 1,225 mg on average per meal
                High School – 1,280 mg on average per meal

    In an effort to meet the Nutritional guidelines for sodium in school meals, condiments are now portion controlled at all grade levels instead of self service.  Condiments do not meet the guidelines for "Smart Snack" sales and therefore CANNOT be sold as extras.

    Condiments are generally high in sodium
          * nutritional values of condiments must be included in total meal calculations for 
    calories & sodium
          * must use portion control to meet guidelines
    * Ketchup – new lower sodium packets served with limits                                                                                       
          *Assorted salad dressings for chef salads – don’t meet requirements for smart snacks for a la carte sales.  One is offered with a meal, not allowed to purchase extra.