Huntsville ISD today announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the School Breakfast Program and National School Lunch Program. Each school or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.
As of 5/19/2016, The Board of Trustees voted to increase lunch prices as follows: Elementary & Intermediate schools $2.10, Middle School $2.50 and High School $2.50
The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court may also be eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Eligibility for the foster child is based on the child’s income.
Application forms with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children will be distributed during the first week of school to all households. Applications also are available at each school and at the Child Nutrition Office located at 1010 7th Street in the Maintenance & Operations building. To apply for free and reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school or the Child Nutrition Office. Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information that households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. The school officials can verify applications at any time during the school year.
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) have to only list their child’s name and SNAP or TANF case 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, source and frequency of the income received by each household member, and the 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. An adult household member must sign the application.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the Child Nutrition Office 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 the Child Nutrition Office, located at 1010 7th Street.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the levels on the current income eligibility guidelines.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication and Compliance, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 260-1026, (866)632-9992 (toll free) or (202) 401-0216 (TTD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.