Applications Now Open for 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Meal Benefits
For the 2022-2023 school year, Klein ISD will return to pre-pandemic practices regarding meal benefits for eligible students. Funds used during the COVID-19 pandemic are no longer authorized by Congress to continue for the upcoming school year.
Beginning, Monday, July 18, 2022, Klein ISD will begin distributing letters and applications to the households of children in the district about eligibility benefits. Families are encouraged to complete the Application for Free and Reduced-Price School Meals, also available at kisd.us/frmealapp and return the completed form online or to any school office.
The application will determine a child’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals and may assist in the determination of eligibility for other state or federal benefits. Only one application needs to be completed per household. Schools will notify the household of the child’s eligibility. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers school nutrition programs in Texas and offers an eligibility calculator at www.SquareMeals.org/ProgramEligibility.
Decisions regarding payment for school meals are made at the national-government level, not by the school nutrition team or TDA. The dedicated staff at Klein ISD is looking forward to serving healthy, balanced meals to students in the new school year. These meals, whether paid, free, or reduced-price, offer a good source of nutrition for children.
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
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 Eligibility
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 fill out a free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Rosa Mendiola, Meal Benefits Specialist, 832-249-4605. 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 Participant Eligibility
Klein ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Klein ISD 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, can contact Rosa Mendiola, Meal Benefits Specialist, 832-249-4605.
Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact the Nutrition and Food Services Office, 832-249-4605.
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.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Rosa Mendiola, Meal Benefits Specialist, 832-249-4610 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 Doug Massey, Executive Director, Facilities and School Services, 832-249-4518, 7500 FM 2920 Rd., Klein, TX 77379-3299.
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.
In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability. This institution is an equal opportunity provider
For media contact Justin Elbert, Executive Director of Communications, call or text 832-271-8444.
In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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