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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Childress ISD recently announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the income eligibility guidelines and is in the process of adding children to the list.
“Childress ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible,” Child Nutrition Director Tracee Herbstritt said. She added that Childress ISD will notify households of eligible children and that they do not need to complete an application.
Herbstritt said any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should have, or households wishing to decline benefits, may contact her at 940-937-2501, ext. 1040.
Applications are also available on www.childressisd.net, at all school campuses and at the District Support Center, located at 308 3rd St. NW.
“Each school and the central office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request,” Herbstritt added.
According to Herbstritt, there is certain criteria used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meal benefits.
Households which qualify have income that is at or below the income eligibility levels or receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).
Also, she said, others who qualify are listed as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant or displaced by a declared disaster or are enrollment in Head Start or Even Start.
Herbstritt said there are times during the year which may change a household’s eligibility status – unemployment or if the household size increases – upon which time 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 income eligibility guidelines,” she said.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Herbstritt said she will review applications and determine eligibility.
Herbstritt said anyone dissatisfied with the official eligibility status can request a review of their application by making an oral or written appeal for a hearing to Superintendent Carl Taylor at 940-937-2501 or firstname.lastname@example.org.