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Note: It is not necessary to complete a paper application if you apply online. Please help us expedite application processing by submitting only one application for your household.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Free & Reduced Price Meals
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Your children may be eligible to receive free or reduced price meals.  All families are encouraged to submit an application anytime during the school year.  Applying for this benefit is easy and confidential using our online application system. Paper applications will be distributed by the school at the beginning of the school year or you may print here. A new application must be submitted each school year.

What you will need to apply:

  • Child(ren)’s name as it appears on birth certificate
  • Household before-tax income or SNAP/TANF number

Instructions Summary:

  • Read and carefully follow all application instructions to avoid delays in processing
  • Complete only one application naming every person in your household including foster children
  • Households receiving SNAP or TANF benefits should list their eligibility number and skip the Household Income section on the application
  • Income based applicants: Eligibility for benefits is based on family size and income so it is important to list every household member on your application
  • Be sure to sign your application to avoid delayed processing. Only originals will be accepted  – no faxed copies. (Online applications are signed electronically when submitted.) Paper applications may be turned in at school or mailed to the School Nutrition Services office (address below)
  • Once your application is processed, you will receive a letter advising your eligibility status.  You are responsible for any meal charges prior to approval for benefits. Eligibility is not retroactive.


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Please help us expedite application processing by submitting only one application for your household. It is not necessary to complete a paper application if you apply online.

Important Note:  If your child was approved for meal benefits in the past, you must submit a new application for the 2013-2014 school year.  Students will be permitted to receive benefits based on last year’s approval status only until October 7, 2013 for the traditional school schedule and until September 5, 2013 for the Castle Hills (year round) schedule. If we have not processed a new application by those dates, the student will become ineligible and go to “paid” status the next day.

For more information call (210) 356-9100 or email       

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                School Nutrition Services
                     3623 Highpoint Street
                  SAn Antonio, Texas 78217

Non-Discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. 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, 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  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.

Updated 7/15/13

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