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NEISD Free and Reduced-Price Meals

North East Independent School District announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

On the first day of school, applications for free and reduced price meal benefits will be distributed to all students with a letter explaining the benefits and any actions households need to take to apply.  Applications also are available at your school office or at www.neisd.net.  Households may complete one paper or electronic application to apply for all North East ISD students in their household.

Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

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: Household 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 or Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start

Income Eligibility

For those households that quality 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 the school or to the School Nutrition Services office at 3623 Highpoint, San Antonio, Texas 78217.  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 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 “I do not have a Social Security number”
  • Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Categorical or Program Eligibility

North East ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible.   North East 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 may complete an application or contact School Nutrition Services at (210) 356-9113 or MealApplications@neisd.net.   Any household that receives a notice of eligibility and wishes to decline benefits should contact School Nutrition Services at (210) 356-9113 or MealApplications@neisd.net.

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, North East ISD 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 Ronald D. Clary, Associate Superintendent for Operations, 8961 Tesoro Drive, Suite 600, San Antonio, Texas 78217; (210) 407-0546.

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.

Click here to download the Meal Application. The document contains: Guidance Letter in English, Guidance Letter in Spanish, Application Form, Instructions for Applying, and Income Eligibility Chart.

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Posted on July 22, 2013