MISD students to get free meals in ‘21-‘22

USDA allows campuses to offer meals at no cost to all students; 2022-2023 benefit criteria listed

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The Midlothian Independent School District administration headquarters.

Midlothian ISD has announced its policy that this school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost.

Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify 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 the 2021-2022 school year.

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, Midlothian ISD will process household applications during School Year 2021-2022 to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year while 2022-2023 applications are being processed. Each school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.

Starting on July 19, Midlothian ISD began distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about these 2022-2023 eligibility benefits and actions households need to take to apply. Applications also are available at The Child Nutrition office at 315 East Ave E or your student’s campus.

Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits to Start School Year 2022-2023

The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits at the beginning of School Year 2022-2023:

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

Income Eligibility

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 Mandie Tucker- Child Nutrition Liaison, phone: 469-856-5390 or mandie.tucker@misd.gs. 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

Midlothian ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. 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 Mandie Tucker the Child Nutrition Liaison at 469-856-5390.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Mandie Tucker the Child Nutrition Liaison at 469-856-5390.

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.

Determining Eligibility

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy the Child Nutrtion Liaison, Mandie Tucker 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. JoAnn Fey at 100 Walter Stehphenson Rd Midlothian, TX 76065 or JoAnn.Fey@misd.gs.

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.