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Pasadena ISD Announces Policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Pasadena ISD Announces Policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Posted on 08/07/2015
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Pasadena Independent School District announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for students served under the income eligibility guidelines. Each school and Child Nutrition Services Department has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

Starting August 11, 2015, households may apply for free and reduced-price meals online or through a paper application.

To apply online, visit www.schoollunchapp.com. Instructions will be available in English and Spanish. The Spanish option will be located in the upper right-hand corner of the first screen. Once the online application is complete, Child Nutrition Services receives the information the same day.

Paper applications will also be available at the Child Nutrition Services office, located at 1515 Cherrybrook, Pasadena, TX 77502.

Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits:

Income

  1. Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels

    Categorical or Automatic Eligibility

  2. Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

    Program Participant

  3. Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster
  4. Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start

Categorical or Program Eligibility

Child Nutrition Services works with state and local agencies to identify all children who are directly certified or categorically or program eligible to receive free meals.

The household will be notified of these children and do not need to complete an application. If a child from the household is not listed on the notice the Child Nutrition Services office should be contacted at 713-740-0146.

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. Applications may also be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.

Determining Eligibility

Applications are reviewed to determine the eligibility using federal guidelines. If dissatisfied with a decision, households or guardians may discuss it on an informal basis by calling the Reviewing Official, Mary Harryman, Director of Child Nutrition Services, at 713-740-0146. A formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may be requested by calling or writing John Piscacek, Associate Superintendent for Finance at 713-740-0146.

Unexpected Circumstances

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 attached current income eligibility guidelines.

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