Harper introduces new meal policy

Harper Independent School District has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the income eligibility guidelines.

Each school/site and the central office has a copy of the policy which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

The Harper ISD is now distributing letters to the households of children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits.

Applications are also available at the campus offices and cafeterias located at 23122 U.S. 290 West in Harper.

 

Criteria

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

•Income — Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels.

•Categorical or Automatic Eligibility — Households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

•Program Participant — Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant or displaced by a declared disaster.

•Children’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 fill out a free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Deborah Pascarella, food service director, at 830-864-3214 or email at dpascarella@harper.txed.net.

Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:

•Names of all household members.

•Amount, frequency and source of current income for each household member.

•Last four 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.”

•Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct.

 

Categorical

or Program Eligibility

The Harper ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible.

Harper 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 is asked to contact Pascarella.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should also contact the School Nutrition Office.

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.

 

Determining eligibility

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the school nutrition director 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 Chris Stevenson, Harper ISD superintendent, P.O. Box 68, Harper, TX 78631 or by calling 830-864-4044.

 

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.

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