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
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)
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
For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must complete a free and reduced-price meal application online at www.schoolcafe.com or print one from the MISD web site; www.mesquiteisd.org the form can be found on the Food & Nutrition Services web page. Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:
Only one application per family is needed.
- Names of all household members
- Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
- 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”
- Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct
Categorical or Program Eligibility
Food & Nutrition Services is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Meal Benefit Program will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive notification should contact the Meal Benefit Processing office at 972-882-5512 or email email@example.com with questions.
Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Meal Benefit Processing office at 972-882-5512 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications can 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 checked and verified by Meal Benefit Program at any time during the school year.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Meal Benefit Program 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 Dr. Shelley Garrett, Executive Director of Administrative Services, 3819 Towne Crossing Mesquite, TX 75150, at 972-288-6411.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the Meal Benefit Processing office at 972-882-5512 or email email@example.com with questions. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the current Federal income eligibility guidelines.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.