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La Gloria ISD providing free and reduced-price meals for children

Staff Writer
Alice Echo News Journal

La Gloria ISD announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

La Gloria ISD started distributing letters last month to the households of the children in the district or service area about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits.

Applications also are available at 182 E. Co. Rd.401 Falfurrias, Texas 78355.

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

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

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

Income Eligibility

For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must fill out free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Chris Moralez @ La Gloria ISD 182 E. Co. Rd. 401 Falfurrias, Texas 78355. 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 Eligibility

La Gloria ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. La Gloria 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 have should contact Chris Moralez, La Gloria ISD 182 E. Co. Rd 401 Falfurrias, Texas 78355.

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Chris Moralez, La Gloria ISD 182 E. Co. Rd 401 Falfurrias, Texas 78355.

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.

Determining Eligibility

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, contact Chris Moralez, La Gloria ISD 182 E. Co. Rd 401 Falfurrias, Texas 78355, he will review applications and determine eligibility.