Lamar Consolidated ISD is now accepting applications for its free and reduced price meal program. Parents can create an online application at the website www.schoolcafe.com.

Many LCISD families will need to fill out applications. However, at 16 of the districts’ schools all students have been deemed eligible for breakfast and free lunch.

The parents of students at Arredondo Elementary, Beasley Elementary, Bowie Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Jane Long, Elementary, Meyer Elementary, Pink Elementary, Smith Elementary, Taylor Ray Elementary, Travis Elementary, Velasquez Elementary as well as the Seguin Early Childhood Center do not have to apply for free and reduced-price meal plans.

Students at Navarro Middle School, Wessendorff Middle School, Lamar Junior High School, George Junior High School, Lamar Consolidated High School and B.F. Terry High School are also exempted from applying for food assistance.

Parents of students attending any other LCISD campus will need to apply through schoolcafe.com. The district will evaluate applications based on a variety of criteria including whether or not a family is receiving any other food assistance.

Additionally, the district will consider whether or not a household is at or below the income eligibility level. For a family of four to qualify for free meals their annual income would have to be below $33,475, according to the Texas Department of Agriculture, the state agency overseeing the program.

The same family would have to make $47,638 or less per year to qualify for reduced price meals. Income is not the only factor that determines a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.

Foster, homeless and migrant children may also qualify for the program, as might children who ran away from home or were displaced by a declared disaster. Another factor in determining a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is their enrollment in the Head Start and/or Even Start programs.

For a determination of a child’s eligibility parents will need to submit an online application. The adult completing the application will need to include the names of all household members as well as the amount, frequency and source of all current income for each household member.

The adult who signs the application will also need to include the last four digits of his or her Social Security number. If the adult does not have a Social Security number he or she should mark the box labeled “I do not have a Social Security number.”

Once an application is submitted it will be reviewed by the district’s Child Nutrition Department to determine eligibility.

Household members that disagree with the district’s eligibility determination may appeal the decision. Appeals can either be an informal discussion with the official that reviewed the application or a formal appeal with the district’s Interim Deputy Supt. Chris Juntti.

Applications may submitted at any time during the school year, and parents are encouraged to reapply if a household member becomes unemployed or if the size of the household increases.

Loss of a job or a new household member may make the children of the household eligible for benefits.

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