Free and Reduced Price Meals
Your children may be eligible to receive free or reduced price meals. 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. A new application must be submitted each school year. You can apply online at SchoolCafe.com.
Paper applications are distributed on the first day of school and will be available at open house. You can also request a paper application at your child's school, email us or call 210-356-9100 to request an 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.
THE ONLINE APPLICATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
You will need the following information to apply online:
1. Child’s name as it appears on birth certificate
2. Child's school name & grade level
3. Child's student ID number
4. Household before-tax income or SNAP/TANF number
Families applying for children that are qualified foster, homeless, migrant, runaway or participating in Head Start may not be required to provide household income.
Children can receive free or reduced-price meals if a household’s gross income is within limits described in the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Learn about income guidelines and frequently asked questions.
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: email@example.com