Child Nutrition Department
This school year, our district has been able to offer free breakfast and lunch to all students through the Seamless Summer Option program. 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 process is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, the household meal income eligibility application requirement will likely provide the benefit of the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) for families with children (up to age 21) who temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price meals at school during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you are not already receiving benefits and would like to potentially qualify P-EBT benefits that will be available this summer, you need to submit the application by March 31. Applications can be turned in to your campus office, faxed to 936-569-6889, emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or completed through our MEAL APP NOW platform. Click HERE to access this platform. The applications are linked below in English & Spanish.
Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022
CHISD would like to announce for the 2021 – 2022 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 this year that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021 – 2022 school year. Please note that while this free breakfast and lunch program is available to us for 2021 – 2022, the income eligibility requirement will likely resume in the 2022 – 2023 school year. During the first week of school, each student will receive a packet of paperwork that needs to be completed. While no application or eligibility determination process will be required for your student to receive free meals this school year, we are asking ALL families to complete the included ‘Socioeconomic Information Form’. This form will not be used against you in any way, as it is not used for any sort of individual qualification purposes. It is confidential and will only be used in summary for TEA to examine our CHISD school population as a whole. Our student population determines the amount of funding available to our school district and factors into our accountability ratings, so we need these forms completed to make sure our school continues to benefit from these special programs. Below is a letter explaining the ‘Seamless Summer Option’ in English & Spanish. There is a also a copy of the ‘Socioeconomic Information Form’ so that you can see what to look for.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632- 9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at email@example.com. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.