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SISD informs community of 2016-2017 meal pricing changes

2016-2017 meal pricing changes1
SISD informs community of 2016-2017 meal pricing changes
District continues to offer free breakfast to all Team SISD students
 
The Socorro Independent School District is committed to offering delicious and nutritious breakfasts and lunches for all students to support their academic success. The SISD Child Nutrition Services department ensures all meals are balanced, meet federal and state standards, and options are provided to offer students the meals they enjoy with the nutrition they need to excel in the classroom.

For the 2016-2017 school year, free breakfast for all students will continue to be offered. As part of the Breakfast in the Classroom program, all elementary and middle school students, regardless of income eligibility, will receive breakfast free of charge every day beginning on Aug. 1, 2016. In addition, free breakfast for all high school students in the district will continue to be offered through the School Breakfast Program.

Lunch prices for the 2016-17 school year are increasing by 10 cents, which is the minimum mandated amount to meet state requirements on meal pricing equity. Lunch for grades Pre-K through fifth will be $2.00 and $2.35 for grades 6-12. Students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. The reduced price for lunch will remain at 40 cents.

“Our priority is to provide high-quality, healthy meals for all students and ensure their nutritional needs are met so that they can focus on their academic success,” said SISD Director of Child Nutrition Services Shelley Chenausky. “We are continuously working to provide excellent customer service, to ensure student meal benefits are fulfilled, and to produce great tasting meals.”

SISD provides free and reduced-price meals for children who qualify under the attached current income eligibility guidelines (www.squaremeals.org/Publications/IncomeEligibilityGuidelines.aspx). Each SISD school and the District Education Center has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

Starting on August 1, 2016 all Socorro ISD schools will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available at the Child Nutrition Services Office, 12300 Eastlake Dr., El Paso Texas, 79928.

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
1. Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels
Categorical or Automatic Eligibility
2. Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
Program Participant
3. Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster
4. Child’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 free and reduced-price meal application and return it to the School Cafeteria Cashier or to Letty Soria, CNS Specialist, 12300 Eastlake Dr., El Paso, Texas, 79928, 915-937-0450. Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:
1. Names of all household members
2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
3. 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 “No Social Security number”
4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct
Categorical or Program Eligibility
Socorro Independent School District, Child Nutrition Services is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Socorro Independent School District, Child Nutrition Services 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 should contact Letty Soria, CNS Specialist, 12300 Eastlake Dr., El Paso, Texas, 79928, 915-937-0450.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Letty Soria, CNS Specialist, 12300 Eastlake Dr., El Paso, Texas, 79928, 915-9370450.

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, Letty Soria, CNS Specialist, 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 Shelley Chenausky, Director of Child Nutrition Services, 12300 Eastlake Dr., El Paso, Texas, 79928, 915-937-0450.

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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