Central Texas school districts share plans for free and reduced-price lunches in the 2022-23 school year.

Students have been able to enjoy free school meals for the past two years due to federal funding to help with the pandemic, but that has run out. Here’s how the zones move forward.

Texas, USA — For the past two years, all students in Hays County schools have been eligible for free meals, but that’s changing this year. This is because the federal pandemic relief funds that allowed for these free meals are no longer available.

Five out of 26 Hayes CISD Schools will continue to provide free meals through another program. But for the remaining schools, prices will return to pre-pandemic prices, despite rising supply costs.

Free and reduced price school meals are still available, you just need to apply and be considered eligible.

Hays CISD spokesman Tim Savey said there is a strong need for the programs, and about half of the district’s students will qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. he is Everyone is encouraged to applyeven if you’re not sure if you qualify, because he knows people are going through tough financial times right now.

“We’re kind of in an economic situation where other things are expensive — you know, gas, everything is going up,” Savoy said. “So, I know it’s going to be hard for a lot of families to have to adjust.”

You can apply for free and reduced price lunch at Hays CISD on their website.

Since that federal funding has stopped, many other schools in Central Texas are in a similar situation and have had to adjust their school meal plans for this year.

KVUE reached out to Central Texas school districts to learn their plans for next year’s school meals. These were their answers:

Currently, about 60 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Many of our students rely on school meals as their main source of nutrition. “Once the USDA waivers expire, we will no longer be able to provide free meals to all students, however, many AISD students may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals through various programs.”

Students automatically receive free school meals in AISD through one of the following programs:

  • Enroll in one of the 76 AISD schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision Program (CEP).
  • The student is certified directly through government benefits such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Apply at www.yourtexasbenefits.com.
  • The student is confirmed directly through the supervisor. immigrant, homeless or fugitive programs; Head Start or state-sponsored pre-K programs.

If a student does not qualify for any of the above programs, families are encouraged to complete an AISD Meal Benefit Program to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Online applications should be activated around August 1, and paper applications will be released to schools that are not part of the CEP program.

Students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals may purchase school breakfast and lunch meals.

Bastrop ISD We are pleased to announce that for the 2022-23 school year, our elementary, middle, and middle schools will offer free breakfast and lunch to all students under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. These 10 schools are eligible to implement Community Eligibility Regulations (CEP) to ensure that students receive nutritious meals at no cost to families.

If you are a parent of a high school student, you must complete the free and reduced-price meal program to qualify for free and reduced-price meals. In addition, there are important benefits for the district and your child such as grants, program funding, athletic waivers, college test waivers, textbook assistance, and more. BISD receives significant federal, state and grant funding based on on Completing food request forms.

With the expiration of USDA flexibility zones, we will no longer be allowed to run summer meal programs during the school year, which allowed all students to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.

For SY 22-23, Burnet CISD is eligible to implement Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP) at Shady Grove Elementary, RJ Richey Elementary, and Bertram Elementary and has elected to participate in this provision. The great news is that students enrolled at those universities will continue to eat all meals at no cost.

Burnett High School, Burnett High School and Quest High School do not have the necessary conditions to implement this article. Therefore, the region will implement all pre-Covid procedures. Home applications are easily accessible at www.schoolcafe.com and families are encouraged to apply for these benefits as soon as possible. The district offers free breakfast to all students at its secondary campuses. The price of lunch for Burnet High School students will be $2.60 and the price of lunch for Burnet High School and Quest High School students will be $2.85. Even with all the inflationary costs, Burnet CISD felt it was important to reduce the financial impact on families by leaving lunch rates as they were before Covid. We strive to be more inclusive and encourage our students to eat every day to ensure they are fueled for learning.

Our campuses use the income eligibility application process to apply for free/reduced meals. The federal government sets guidelines for eligibility for free/reduced meals and sends them to districts through the Texas Department of Agriculture. Essentially, we are going back to the previous free/reduced meal eligibility process that we used before covid. We are updating the forms but families can Access the forms here soon.

USDA last year granted waivers to enable school nutrition programs to provide free breakfast and lunch to public school students during the 2021-22 school year. However, the waivers were not extended for the upcoming school year, so Elgin ISD will return to regular priced lunches for the 2022-23 school year. Breakfast will be free for students. We encourage all parents to fill out meal benefit applications, which will be available online at www.elginisd.net/meals on August 1, 2022.

The eligibility process is the same for all public schools and families. Eligible families are eligible under federal guidelines. You can view eligibility and application information on our website. We always encourage families to complete this form – even during a pandemic – as it makes them much more eligible. Our free/reduced lunch brochure shows how families can benefit in many ways. We include this in our enrollment campaigns and back-to-school materials. Meal prices were approved at our June board meeting and are available For online viewing as well.

We will continue to offer free breakfast to all students in the 22-23 school year. Hutto ISD must pay for lunch – offers free and reduced-price lunch based on student eligibility. Beginning August 15, 2022, Hutto ISD will begin distributing letters and applications to families of children in the district about eligibility benefits.

Criteria for free and reduced-price meal benefits:

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

Categorical or automatic eligibility
2. Family receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Eligibility of Program Participants
3. The status of the child as an adopted child, homeless, fugitive, immigrant or displaced due to the declared disaster
4. Enrolling the child in Head Start or Even Start

Families are encouraged to complete the Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application, also available at https://www.myschoolapps.com, and return the completed form online or to any school office.

Johnson City ISD leaders said the freeze in federal funding is having a negative impact and that next year they will use the National School Lunch Program. They recommend that all students apply. Only students who qualify for free or reduced lunch will receive free or reduced lunch.

Lago Vista ISD Sent out reminders and added an enrollment form to our online package so parents understand that students should be eligible for free and reduced-price meals again starting in the 2022-23 school year. The federal application for the National School Lunch Program opens July 28 and is available in English and Spanish. We will also send targeted reminders to parents of students who have been eligible in the past.

We will resume our national school breakfast and lunch program with student pricing. Students at the district level will be required to apply to our free and low cost meal plan.

For the 2022-23 school year, students who qualify for reduced price breakfast and lunch will be $0.00. For more information on our meal services, to include details of free/reduced meals and their application form, click here.

We require all families to apply for the free/reduced meal program and those who qualify will receive free meals. Meal plans are open and Available here.

All students PreK-8th will have free meals. Lockhart ISD applied for high school students to have access to free meals and is awaiting state approval.

Manor ISD will continue to offer free meals next school year to all of our scholars using the Community Eligibility Criteria (CEP). For more information on CEP, You can click here.

Round Rock ISD’s food service program will return to normal operation for the 2022-23 school year, as the emergency waiver to provide free school meals for USDA food service and nutrition programs ended on June 30, 2022. Free, discounted or paid. Eligibility status changes for the first 30 days of school, but families are encouraged to apply for 2022-23 free and reduced meals. It can be application information, eligibility criteria and more found here

Information about free and reduced-price meals at San Marcos CISD can be found here.

All students enrolled in Seguin ISD will continue to receive free meals for the 2022-23 school year because we have used the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). No meal plans are required or available.

We will be returning to free/reduced/full price lunch for next year. This is the link To apply for free/reduced lunch.

With the discontinuation of the USDA Free Meals Program, we are back to paying for meals or offering free/reduced meals based on the family’s financial status and/or the benefits they currently receive from the state. In terms of who gets free or reduced-price meals, we don’t have a specific threshold or limit on who qualifies — that’s set by the USDA. That’s why we encourage our families to apply if they think they qualify. We will send the application form for the 22-23 academic year on our website on Monday.

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