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Child Nutrition Charge Policy

Federal Regulations do not require that a school district allow a student to charge a meal if the student does not have money.  As a service to GISD parents, we do allow students to charge one meal.  After one charge if the student does not have money to pay the child will receive an alternate meal of a cheese sandwich and milk as a courtesy (for no more than 3 consecutive days).  Prompt payment is required.  No a la carte items may be charged by students.  All adults (including teachers and staff) will not be allowed to charged.

Meal Applications

Applications for Free or Reduced-Price meals may be obtained form any school office, school cafeteria or at the Student Nutrition Office located at 2606 40th Street. Any child who is eligible for free or reduced-price lunches is also eligible for free or reduced-price breakfast.  Reduced-price lunch is 40 cents and the reduced-price breakfast is 30 cents.  Elementary and Secondary breakfast is $1.10 and Elementary Lunch is $2.25 and Secondary Lunch is $2.50. Milk prices are 8 oz. 50 cents.

Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify.  If your family chooses to apply please complete a “Meal Application Form.”  The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to the school cafeteria, office or Student Nutrition office.  You will be notified by mail of your child’s status.  Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.

Only complete one application per family.  The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.  This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.

Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income.  HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents or friends who live in your home and share living expenses.  DO NOT INCLUDE FOSTER CHILDREN.  The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes – this includes wages, tips before taxes, social security, pensions, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony and any other cash received as income to pay bills.

Foster Children – In certain cases, foster children are eligible for free and reduced-price meals regardless of your income. Every foster child must be on an application by their self. If you have foster children living with you and you want to apply please complete the application by using the following instructions:

  1. List child’s name as on birth certificate, date of birth, grade and school name,
  2. List child’s personal use income or if none, mark the “no income” box.  If child has a SNAP or TANF number, please list 9 digit eligibility group number (SNAP) or case number (TANF).
  3. List 1 in section 5 on application.
  4. Sign application and return to a school district office.

A foster child is a child who is living with a household but who remains the legal responsibility of the welfare agency or court.   

Please provide us with the following information so we may process your complete application for your children who attend Galveston ISD schools:

  1. List all Student’s name as on birth certificate, date of birth, grade and school name
  2. List any income they may receive or if none, mark the “no income” box
  3. If Student has a SNAP or TANF case #, please list 9 digit Eligibility Group Number (SNAP) or case number (TANF).  DO NOT LIST YOUR MEDICAID number.  We cannot use that number.
  4. List everyone who lives in household, their income and mark how often income is received.  If there isn’t any income mark “no income” box by each person name that doesn’t receive income.
  5. Adult must sign application and list their social security number.  If you don’t have a social security number mark the “no income” box.
  6. List TOTAL number of household members.
  7. Return to a school district office

 

IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS OR NEED HELP,

CONTACT THE CHILD NUTRITION OFFICE: 409-761-5162


 

Nutrition Policy

Galveston ISD schools participate in the National School Lunch, Breakfast and After School Snack programs as well as the National Summer Feeding program.  For more information about the Texas School Nutrition Policy or the National School Lunch, Breakfast, Snack or Summer Feeding programs please follow the links below:

Texas Department of Agriculture

United States Department of Agriculture