Student Lunch Program
STUDENT MEAL PROGRAM
Free & Reduced Price Meals
Children need to eat healthy food to learn. Free & reduced-price meals are available to scholars who qualify.
Who qualifies: Children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if total household income is at or below the amount of Federal Income Guidelines.
Children in households receiving Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children can receive free meals regardless of household income. Households receiving WIC, Texas Health Plan or other governmental assistance may qualify.
How do I apply? You will need to fill out a free & reduced price meal application. We will check the information provided and we may request written proof. All households that apply for benefits will receive a letter indicating whether the scholars have been approved for free or reduced lunch. Applications are confidential. Applications are available at the school’s main office at each location.
Do I need to apply for each child separately? No, only one application is required per household, and all household members should be listed. Foster children are now considered members of the household.
Do I have to reapply each year? Yes. A new application must be submitted each school year in order to determine eligibility for the current school year. The Free and Reduced Household Application needs to be processed by mid-October in order to continue to be eligible for free and reduced lunch.
What if my financial situation changes during the year? You can submit an application at any time during the school year. If household income goes up or down due to job loss, etc.
I don’t want anyone else to know that we are getting free lunch. The SNAP system used by the school district (School Nutrition Accountability Program) not only manages the data but assures parents that other scholars cannot know who is on the federal subsidized program. Confidentiality is taken very seriously and assured.