Grapevine-Colleyville ISD announced its policy today 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.
Application forms are available to all households with the school registration packet at every GCISD campus. Along with the registration packet is a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children. Online applications are available at www.schoolunchapp.com. To apply for free and reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and submit it online. Pre-printed applications are available at each school campus or can be printed from the online site. Printed applications must be returned to the school or Nutrition Services Office for processing. 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 and verification of data. Applications may be verified by the school officials at any time during the school year.
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:
- Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels
Categorical or Automatic Eligibility
- Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster
- 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 free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Nutrition Services Office, Bookkeeper/Free and Reduced Processor, 5800 Colleyville Blvd., Colleyville, TX 76034. Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:
- Names of all household members
- Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
- 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 “I do not have a Social Security number”
- Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct
Categorical or Program Eligibility
Grapevine-Colleyville ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. The Nutrition Services Office 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 Nutrition Services at 817-251-5617.
Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Nutrition Services at 817-251-5617.
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.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the Nutrition Services Office 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 Paula Barbaroux, Chief Operations Officer, 3051 Ira E. Woods Avenue, Grapevine, TX 76051, 817-251-5560.
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.
Income Eligibility Guidelines for Determining Free and Reduced Price Benefits
Effective from July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
|Family Size||Annually||Monthly||Twice per Month||Every Two Weeks||Weekly|
|For each additional family member add:|
|+ $5,408||+ $7,696||+ $451||+ $642||+ $226||+ $321||+ $208||+ $296||+ $104||+ $148|