Midlothian Independent School District recently announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under a specific set of current income eligibility guidelines.

Copies of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request, are available at each campus or the central office. 

As of Aug. 1, the Midlothian ISD child nutrition department began the distribution of letters to households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions a household may need to take to apply for these benefits.

Applications also are available at 601 East Ave E in Midlothian or can be found and submitted online at www.schoollunchapp.com. 

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

Income requirements include:

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 at Income Eligibility

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 Mandie Tucker, the child nutrition administrative assistant. Her phone number is 469-856-5390 and can be reached by email at mandie_tucker@misd.gs.

Individuals who fill 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 (Midlothian ISD) is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and 

Midlothian 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 have should contact Tucker.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Tucker as well.

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. 

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 Midlothian ISD superintendent Dr. Lane Ledbetter at 469-856-5301. 

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. 

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://muascr.usda.gory/contplaint_filing, 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.