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Deer Park ISD announces policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals

The Deer Park Independent School District announced today its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached 2018-2019 income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

 

During registration, parents have the opportunity to complete the online meal application. If they do not complete the application during registration, they can go to http://deerparkisd.heartlandapps.com/. Paper applications are also available at the Child Nutrition Office, located at 309 West P Street, Deer Park, TX 77536, or at the child’s school. Completing the meal application online expedites the approval process so students can receive meal benefits quickly.

 

Applications and guidelines are available by clicking the following links:

Income Eligibility Guidelines 2018-19

Free and Reduced Meal Application and Letter (English) 2018-19

Free and Reduced Meal Application and Letter (Espanol) 2018-19

 

 

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

  1. Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Program Participant

  1. Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster
  2. Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start

 

Income Eligibility

For families that believe they may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must complete the free and reduced-price meal application online or complete a paper application. If the adult completes the paper application, it must be returned to the child’s school or to the Child Nutrition Office located at 309 West P Street, Deer Park, TX 77536. Individuals completing 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”

  1. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

 

Categorical or Program Eligibility

Deer Park I.S.D. is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Deer Park I.S.D. 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 may contact the Child Nutrition Office at 832-668-7040.

 

Any household wishing to decline benefits should contact the Child Nutrition Office at 832-668-7040.

 

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, the Child Nutrition Office staff 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 Pete Pape, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, 2800 Texas Avenue, Deer Park, TX 77536 or call 832-668-7018.

 

Unexpected Circumstances

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 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: program.intake@usda.gov. Deer Park ISD is an equal opportunity provider.