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Free and reduced price meal guidelines announced for 2016-17 school year

Free and reduced price meal guidelines announced for 2016-17 school year
Posted on 07/27/2016
Free and reduced price meal guidelines announced for 2016-17 school year

Aldine ISD announced its policy on July 25, 2016, for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or Child Nutrition Services has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

Students in CafeteriaAldine ISD Child Nutrition Services Department administers the federal free/reduced meal program. Both breakfast and lunch are available to all students in Aldine ISD. Breakfast is offered at no cost to all students; lunch costs $1.45 Elem./ $1.70 Secondary. We encourage all students, free, reduced and paid to join us for breakfast and lunch every day. School meals meet the Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Americans and all national standards of the United States Department of Agriculture in addition to any adopted nutritional requirements of the Texas Department of Agriculture.

The application for free and reduced-price meals is available online. This process makes it easy and convenient to apply for meal benefits for your child/children. Simply enter the requested information as accurately as possible, and all data will be instantly and securely sent to the Child Nutrition Department for processing.

Starting on August 22, 2016, Aldine ISD will begin distributing applications to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications are also available at the Child Nutrition Center at 1802 Aldine Bender Rd., Houston, and Tx. 77032. To apply for free and reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified by school officials at any time during the school year.

Eligibility is based on federally established income and household guidelines. Until applications are processed, parents will need to give their children money to purchase lunch. Parents should allow 10 working days for eligibility determination after receipt of a completed paper application by the Child Nutrition Services.

Any foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the state or placed by a court with a caretaker household is now categorically eligible for free meals. Households with foster and non-foster children may choose to include the foster child as a household member.

For school officials to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly Food Stamps)/Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) only have to list their child’s name and SNAP or TANF Eligibility Group Number. An adult household member must sign the application.

Households that do not list a SNAP/TANF case number must list the names of all household members, the amount and source of the income received by each household member, and the last 4 digits of Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the application. If the adult who signs the application does not have a Social Security number, the household member must indicate that a Social Security number is not available by writing the word “None,” “No Number,” or some indication that the person does not have a Social Security number. The application must be signed by an adult household member.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household may re-apply. Such changes may make the child/children of the household eligible for benefits.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Marisol Martinez, Meal Application Coordinator, at 281-985-6441.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Marisol Martinez, Reviewing Official, will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewing official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Angela Singletary, Hearing Official, at 281-985-6411.

ALDINE ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Children may be eligible for free meals without an application if they are listed on the Texas Department of Agriculture Direct Certification Program. Families who are Direct Certified will receive a letter from Aldine ISD Child Nutrition Services Department. This letter tells parents and/or guardians that their children are already approved for meal benefits. Families receiving this letter should not complete a new application. If any school-age children in a Direct-Certified family are not listed on the letter, the parent or guardian must fill out a meal application. For those who are not Direct Certified and feel they will need assistance for the 2016-2017 school year, applications will be available online or by completing a form in schools or at the central Child Nutrition Services Office, located at 1802 Aldine Bender Rd., Houston, Texas 77032. Early completion of the application assures families faster, better service in the processing of applications. Families are asked to complete only one application per family. Applications must be filled out completely and signed before they can be processed either online or by hand.

If you have any questions, contact Marisol Martinez, Meal Application Coordinator, at (281) 985-6441.

Income Guidelines for Meal Application

Online Meal Application