2017-2018

Abilene ISD

Online Free and Reduced Application

Letter to Household (Use the scrollbar to view the entire letter) PRINT

 

Abilene Independent School District

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn. Abilene Independent School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.75; lunch costs $2.75 for secondary schools and $2.50 for Elementary Schools.  Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. If you received a notification letter that a child is directly certified for free meals, do not complete an application. Let the school know if any children in the household attending school are not listed in the letter.

The questions and answers that follow and attached directions provide additional information on how to complete the application. Complete only one application for all the students in the household and return the completed application to Susana Herrera, 241 Pine St, Abilene, TX  79601 – 325-677-1444 ext 1618. If you have questions about applying for free or reduced-price meals, contact Susana Herrea 325-677-1444 ext 1618 – susana.herrera@abileneisd.org

  1. Who Can Get Free Meals?
    • Income—Children can get free or reduced-price meals if a household’s gross income is within the limits described in the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
    • Special Assistance Program Participants—Children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are eligible for free meals.
    • Foster—Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
    • Head Start, Early Head Start, and Even Start—Children participating in these programs are eligible for free meals.
    • Homeless, Runaway, and Migrant—Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualify for free meals. If you haven’t been told about a child’s status as homeless, runaway, or migrant or you feel a child may qualify for one of these programs, please call or email Darrin Cox, 241 Pine St, Abilene, TX  79601 – 325-677-1444 ext 8641.
    • WIC Recipient—Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
  1. What If I Disagree With the School’s Decision About My Application? Talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to Scott McLean, Associate Supt of Operations, 241 Pine St, Abilene, TX 79601 – 325-677-1444.
  1. My Child’s Application Was Approved Last Year. Do I Need To Fill Out A New One? Yes. An application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. Send in a new application unless the school has told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
  1. If I Don’t Qualify Now, May I Apply Later? Yes. Apply at any time during the school year. A child with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
  1. What If My Income Is Not Always the Same? List the amount normally If a household member lost a job or had hours/wages reduced, use current income.
  1. We Are in The Military. Do We Report Our Income Differently? Basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. Any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments count as income. If housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include the housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is excluded from income.
  1. May I Apply If Someone in My Household Is Not a U.S. Citizen? You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced-price meals.
  1. Will Application Information Be Checked? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the reported household income.
  1. My Family Needs More Help. Are There Other Programs We Might Apply For? To find out how to apply for other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or 2-1-1.
  1. Can I Apply Online? Yes! The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit abileneisd.org to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Contact Susana Herrera, 241 Pine St. Abilene, TX  79601 325-677-1444 ext 1618 susana.herrera@abileneisd.org

If you have other questions or need help, call Susana Herrera, Meal Benefits Coordinator, 325-677-1444 ext 1618. Si necesita ayuda, por favor llame al teléfono: Susana Herrera, Meal Benefits Coordinator, 325-677-1444 ext 1618  .

Sincerely,

Susana Herrera

FEDERAL INCOME CHART
For School Year 2017-2018

Household size Yearly Monthly Weekly
1 $22,311 $1,860 $430
2 $30,044 $2,504 $578
3 $37,777 $3,149 $727
4 $45,510 $3,793 $876
5 $53,243 $4,437 $1,024
6 $60,976 $5,082 $1,173
7 $68,709 $5,726 $1,322
8 $76,442 $6,371 $1,471
For each additional family member, add: $7,733 $645 $149

 

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.