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FREE AND REDUCED price MEALS

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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.

Online applicants should retain their application ID number. After 24 hours, click here to check the status of your online application.

All applicants will be advised of their approval status by mail. Processing may take up to 10 days during the first few weeks of school.

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Free & Reduced Price Meal FAQ's

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 mailed to the households of registered students by the first week of August. Exception: Castle Hills students will receive applications on the first day of school. Applications may also be requested at the school or you can call 210-356-9113 or print the application from the link below. For quicker service, families may apply online. 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
  • Some households applying for children that are qualified foster, homeless, migrant, runaway or participating in Head Start may not be required to provide household income. Please read the detailed instructions carefully

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
  • Households applying for students participating in special programs including foster, homeless, migrant, runaway or Head Start do not need to report income if all students in the household participate in at least one of these programs. If only some participate, list your household income on the application. You must also report the child's program participation to the school counselor before your application can be processed.
  • 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. Mail your application to the School Nutrition Office or apply online for quicker processing. Allow up to 10 working days for your application to be processed.
  • Once your application is processed, you will receive a letter advising your child's eligibility status.  You are responsible for any meal charges prior to approval for benefits. Eligibility is not retroactive.

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 2015-2016 school year. 

For more information call (210) 356-9100 or e-mail MealApplication@neisd.net.       

Printable Paper Application: English / Spanish


School Nutrition Services │ 3623 Highpoint │ San Antonio, Texas 78217
Phone: (210) 356-9100 │ Fax: (210) 657-8920


 

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_ cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail:
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax:  (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email:  program.intake@usda.gov  

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Updated 12/16/15

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