Crandall ISD announced its policy this week for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the current income eligibility guidelines.
Each school, as well as the central office, has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.
Starting on Aug. 9, Crandall ISD will begin distributing letters to households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications will also be available at each school, at the district’s central office at 400 W. Lewis St. in Crandall, or online at Crandall-isd.net.
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
-Categorical or automatic eligibility: This applies to any household receiving assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
-Program participant: This is based on a child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster or a 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 an application and return it to the Food Service Department at 400 W. Lewis St. in Crandall. Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the names of all household members, the amount, frequency and source of current income for each household member, the last four 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,” and the signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct.
Crandall ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Crandall ISD will notify households of these children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive such a letter and feels that it should have should contact Amy Mitchell at (972) 427-6000 ext. 5882.
Any household that wishes to decline benefits should also contact Ms. Mitchell.
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.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Amy Mitchell 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 request one either orally or in writing to Dr. Wendy Eldredge at (972) 427-6000 or P.O. Box 128 Crandall, Texas 75114.
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.