How do I get free or reduced price school meals for my children?
You must complete an Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals Form and return it to the school or to the Child Nutrition office at 6634 New Sulphur Springs Rd.
- Households getting food stamps or TANF. You only have to include your children's names and case numbers, and an adult household member must sign the form.
- Households that do not get food stamps or TANF. If you do not have a case number, you must include the names of all household members, the amount of income each person received last month and where the income came from. An adult household member must sign the form and include his or her social security number, or indicate that he or she has no social security number.
- Households with foster children. You must include the children's names and the amount of "personal use" income the children received last month, and an adult must sign the form.
Do I need to fill out a new form each year?
All families on the Free and Reduced Meal Program must submit a new application for the 2012-13 school year. Prior year status approval for Free and Reduced Meals will expire as soon as the new application is processed or after 30 days, which is October 8, 2012.
Will the form be verified?
Your eligibility may be checked at any time during the school year. School officials may ask you to send written evidence that shows that your children should get free or reduced price school meals.
Will information on my form be kept confidential?
We will use the information on your form to decide if your children should get free or reduced price meals. We may inform officials with other child nutrition, health and educational programs of the information on your form to determine benefits for those programs or for funding and/or evaluation purposes.
Can I apply for free and reduced price meals later?
You may apply for free and reduced price meals at any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a change, like a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, become unemployed or get food stamps or TANF, complete another form then.
Who do I call if I have other questions regarding the Free and Reduced Program?
You can call the ECISD Child Nutrition Office at 648-7861