STISD accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals for 2023-2024

STISD accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals for 2023-2024

MERCEDES – South Texas Independent School District (STISD) is currently accepting applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2023-2024 school year. The 2023-2024 Free and Reduced-Price Meals application is available at every school office and on the STISD website at

For a family of four, the annual household income cannot exceed $39,000 for free lunch and $55,500 for reduced lunch. The complete income eligibility guidelines are linked up to from the Nutrition section of the website.

STISD is comprised of seven schools: South Texas ISD Health Professions (Health Professions) in Mercedes, South Texas ISD Medical Professions (Medical Professions) in Olmito, South Texas ISD Preparatory Academy (Preparatory Academy) in Edinburg, South Texas ISD Rising Scholars Academy (Rising Scholars) in San Benito, South Texas ISD Science Academy (Science Academy) in Mercedes, South Texas ISD World Scholars (World Scholars) in Edinburg, and South Texas ISD Virtual Academy, through which students learn 100 percent from home.

For additional information, contact Child Nutrition Director Oliver Galvan at 956.514.4236 or via e-mail at

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