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Free and/or Reduced Meal Program FAQ
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Free and/or Reduced Meal Program Application
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Mesquite ISD provides free and reduced-priced cafeteria meals for students who qualify through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs.  Every student must qualify each year.

Letters will be mailed in early August to the households of the students in the district already approved for benefits without completing an application.

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: 

  1. Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels.

    Income Eligibility
    For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must complete the free and reduced-price meal application. To obtain benefits quickly complete the application online at www.mesquiteisd.org/lunchapp. Those adults completing 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 “I do not have a Social Security number” 
    4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

    Only one application per family is needed. Make a note of the application number that will be assigned. Once approved, you will also receive a notification letter.

    Internet accessible computers will be available at the MISD Service Center at 800 E. Kearney, Mesquite, TX 75149, during office hours (M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).

  2. Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or participating in Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Program

    Categorical or Program Eligibility
    Mesquite ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible and will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Letters will be mailed early August to the households of the students in the district already approved for benefits without completing an application.

  3. Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster 

If a student was on the meal program at the end of the last school year, their benefit will continue until a new application is processed. The new eligibility will take effect immediately.

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 asking for proof of income at any time during the school year.

Determining Eligibility
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Mesquite 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.  

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.

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 http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 program.intake@usda.gov. 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.

RELATED LINKS:
Civil Right Statement | en español (PDF)