Free/Reduced-Price Meals Returns

Jarrell ISD Transitions Back to Application Requirement for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals
Posted on 07/18/2022
This is the image for the news article titled Jarrell ISD Transitions Back to Application Requirement for Free and  Reduced-Price School MealsDuring the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, Jarrell ISD must return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-price meals based on student eligibility.

Starting on July 18th, Jarrell ISD will begin distributing letters and applications to the households of the children in the district
about eligibility benefits. Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals, also available at www.schoolcafe.com/JARRELLISD and
return the completed form online or to any school office.
The application will determine a child’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals and may assist in the determination of eligibility for other state or federal benefits. Only one application
needs to be completed per household. Schools will notify the household of the child’s eligibility.

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers school nutrition programs in Texas and offers an eligibility calculator at www.SquareMeals.org/ProgramEligibility. Decisions regarding payment for school meals are made at the national-government level, not by the school nutrition team or TDA. The dedicated staff at Jarrell ISD is looking forward to serving healthy, balanced meals to students in the new school year. These meals, whether paid, free, or reduced-price, offer a good source of nutrition for children.

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

Income Eligibility
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 Eligibility
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

For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must fill out free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Robert
Navarro CFO, [email protected] . Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:
1. Names of all household members
2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
3. Last 4 digits of the Social Security number of the adult household member who signs the
application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box for “No Social Security number”
4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Jarrell ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Jarrell ISD will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should, can contact Robert Navarro CFO, [email protected].
Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Robert Navarro CFO, [email protected].
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.


Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy Robert Navarro, CFO will review applications and determine eligibility. Households or guardians dissatisfied with the Reviewing Official’s eligibility determination may wish to discuss the decision with the Reviewing Official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Dr. Toni Hicks Superintendent [email protected].

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.

English and Spanish applications are available at the Jarrell ISD Central Office at 108 E Ave F Jarrell, TX 76537. If you need
assistance, you should contact Russ Fortson Child Nutrition Director at 512-746-2124 ext 5413 or at [email protected].
In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability. This institution is an equal opportunity
provider.
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