ABILENE – The Abilene Independent School District announced on Tuesday that it will take part in a federal program to provide each student in the district with free breakfast and lunch for the 2021-22 school year. Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for this school year.
However, a-la-carte items that are not part of the regular breakfast or lunch menu must still be purchased by students.
While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, the AISD will process household applications during the 2021-22 school year to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-23 school year while 2022-23 applications are being processed. Each school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.
• Beginning on Aug. 3, 2021, the AISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district of Abilene about these 2022-23 eligibility benefits and actions households need to take to apply. Applications also are available online at www.abileneisd.org, at the Student Nutrition Department, 241 Pine ST. Abilene TX, 79601 and/or at your child’s school.
Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits to Start the 2022-23 School Year
The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year:
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).
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 complete the free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Sylvia Alaniz, Meal Benefits Coordinator 325-677-1444 ext. 8152. 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.
Categorical or Program Eligibility
The AISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Abilene Independent School District 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 have should contact Sylvia Alaniz, Meal Benefits Coordinator at the Student Nutrition Department at 325-677-1444 ext. 8152 [email protected]
Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Sylvia Alaniz, Meal Benefits Coordinator at the Student Nutrition Department at 325-677-1444 ext. 8152 [email protected]
Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used to determine 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, Sylvia Alaniz, Meal Benefits Coordinator at the Student Nutrition Department at 325-677-1444 ext. 8152 [email protected] 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 Scott Mclean, Associate Superintendent, 241 Pine St, Abilene Texas, 79601 325-677-1444 – Hearing Official.
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.
Free Meals for All Through the 2021-22 School Year
- AISD will provide free meals for all students through June 2022.
- Meals are free for all students regardless of income, or without any application or documentation.
- At AISD, we encourage all students to take advantage of free school meals. As a federally funded program, we receive reimbursement for each meal served; the more students who eat with us the more funding we have to invest in the quality of our food, maintain local jobs, and support the Texas economy.
Breakfast in the Classroom & Breakfast After the Bell
AISD is proud to offer free Breakfast in the Classroom (BIC) and Breakfast After the Bell (BAB) at many schools throughout the district. BIC is a room service–style program that provides an optional free breakfast for all students. BAB offers students a free grab-n-go meal served in a location convenient to students, such as hallways, entryways or the café. Both service methods allow students the opportunity to begin their day with a healthy meal with their teacher and classmates, after the start of the school day.
All AISD schools will provide free lunch through the serving line in the café.
In addition to breakfast and lunch, AISD provides free after-school meals at many schools. After-school meal programs at AISD operate under the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), a USDA federally funded program that offers evening meals to qualified campuses. Meals served at AISD meet the nutrition requirements established by the CACFP.
After-school programs that participate in the CACFP give children and teenagers the nutrition they need, and draw them into constructive activities that are safe, fun, and filled with opportunities for learning.
Campuses that are interested in participating in offering after-school meals or snacks should complete the form below and submit to their Cafeteria Manager. AISD Food Service will determine eligibility upon receiving the application and will notify the Program Coordinator before program feeding can begin.
AISD CACFP After School Meals ApplicationAISD After School Snack Application
If you have any questions regarding after-school meals at AISD, please contact your Cafeteria Manager or AISD Food Service at 512-414-0251.
For questions or concerns regarding the CACFP, please contact USDA at 1-866-873-2263 or Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition at 1-800-TELL-TDA (835-5832). Together we are Building for the Future.
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
While all Austin ISD students receive free meals for the 2021-22 school year, the district has a number of schools that participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. Families enrolled in CEP schools may automatically be eligible for one-time state funded benefit programs, such as the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT).
Austin ISD schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program:
Pre-K and Early Childhood Centers: Uphaus ECC
Elementary Schools: Allison, Andrews, Barrington, Blackshear, Blanton, Blazier, Boone, Brown, Campbell, Casey, Cook, Cunningham, Dawson, Galindo, Govalle, Graham, Guerrero-Thompson, Harris, Hart, Houston, Jordan, Joslin, Kocurek, Langford, Linder, McBee, Menchaca, Norman-Sims, Oak Springs, Odom, Ortega, Overton, Padron, Palm, Pecan Springs, Perez, Pickle, Pillow, Pleasant Hill, Reilly, Rodriguez, Sanchez, St. Elmo, Sunset Valley, Travis Heights, Walnut Creek, Widen, Williams, Winn, Wooldridge, Wooten, Zavala
Middle Schools: Bedichek, Burnet, Covington, Dobie, Garcia YMLA, Lively, Martin, Mendez, Paredes, Sadler Means YWLA, Webb
High Schools: Akins ECHS, Crockett ECHS, Eastside Memorial ECHS, Garza Independence, GPA at Navarro, GPA at Travis, International, LBJ ECHS, Navarro ECHS, Northeast ECHS, Travis ECHS
Other Campuses: Alternative Learning Center, Rosedale School
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When students step onto an Austin ISD campus in the 2021-22 school year, they can rest assured they’ll be able to get a healthy lunch at no cost.
The United States Department of Agriculture announced on April 20 they are extending free meal benefits through June 2022, allowing Austin ISD to keep serving its free lunches.
“We are excited to offer healthy, tasty meals at no cost to all families, regardless of their household income,” said Christine Steenport, interim director of Food Service and Warehouse Operations at Austin ISD. “Free school meals help with expanding food access in Austin while also providing comfort for students and convenience for families.”
Since March of 2020, AISD has distributed over 3 million free meals on campuses and more than 4.2 million free curbside meals to children and caregivers.
Through the USDA waiver extension, AISD will continue providing meals through the federally-funded Seamless Summer Option program. This program allows schools to serve free meals for all students, without collecting household meal benefit applications. The Seamless Summer Option program is typically only available during the summer months but was made available for schools to better meet the needs of communities throughout the pandemic.
AISD is awaiting local guidance from the Texas Department of Agriculture regarding approved meal service methods for the next school year.
AISD has been providing free meals under the SSO program since March 2020. Students currently participating in on-campus learning may receive free breakfast and lunch in the cafe or classroom.
Students participating in remote learning, as well as any child younger than 19 and their caregivers, may receive free seven-day meal packs at curbside sites each Thursday. AISD will also continue providing free meals at select campuses throughout the summer.
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