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Free and/or Reduced Meal Program

Online Free and/or Reduced Meal Application

Free and/or Reduced Meal Program FAQ
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Instructions for Applying
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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. Only ONE application is needed for each FAMILY. Mesquite ISD is accepting online applications.

 

Online
To get qualified early, simply go to the district’s web site www.mesquiteisd.org/lunchapp and follow the easy, user-friendly steps. An application can be completed and submitted in minutes. The student’s district assigned identification number, which is on the student’s report card, OR social security number will be needed. The name the student is enrolled with, not a short or nick name, the birth date, school and grade are all required. Make a note of the application number that will be assigned. Once approved, you will also receive a notification letter by mail.

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.).

If a student was on the meal program at the end of the last school year, their benefit will continue for a few days or until a 2014-2015 application is processed. After the 2014-2015 application is processed, the new eligibility will take effect immediately.

Paper
This will be the last year that paper applications are offered. A paper application is 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.). If an application is submitted online a paper application is not needed. Paper applications will be sent to each campus in a few weeks.  
        
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

Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels listed on Free and/or Reduced Meal Program FAQ web page.

Categorical or Automatic Eligibility
Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

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

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 quicker complete the application online at www.mesquiteisd.org/lunchapp.  Or turn a paper application in to MISD Service Center at 800 E. Kearney, Mesquite, TX 75149, during office hours (M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.) or to your child’s school.  Allow 10 working days for the application to be processed.  Until notified please send money or a sack lunch to school with your child.  Those adults 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 “I do not have a Social Security number”
  4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

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.

Applications may be submitted any time 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,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 current income eligibility guidelines.

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Civil Right Statement | en español (PDF)