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Area schools announce meal prices
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Children need healthy meals to learn. Beeville, Pawnee, Skidmore-Tynan and Pettus school districts and St. Mary’s Academy Charter School offer healthy meals every school day.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, use the Free and Reduced-Price School Meals Application which will be given to students at the beginning of school. An incomplete application cannot be approved, so be sure to fill out all required information, said school officials.

Here are answers to questions you may have about applying:

1. Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Complete the application to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Use one application for all students in your household. Incomplete applications cannot be approved, so be sure to fill out all required information.

2. Who can get free or reduced-price meals? Children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or TANF can get free meals regardless of household income. Your benefit letter from the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) is your documentation for free meals. If you have not already received a letter from your school stating that your household is eligible for free meals, you may take your HHSC benefit letter to your child nutrition office to be certified for free meals.

3. Should I fill out an application if I got a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free or reduced-price meals? In most cases no, however, read the letter carefully and follow the instructions. If your household does not receive SNAP or TANF, your children may still be eligible to receive free meals if your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Head Start students and most foster children may also qualify for free meals.

4. Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals? Yes. If you have not been notified of free status under these categories, contact the food service director to see if your children may also qualify.

4. Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals? Yes. If you have not been notified of free status under these categories, call the school.

5. Who can get reduced price meals? Your children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced-price limits on the Federal Income Chart included in the application packet.

6. I get WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.

7. Will my information be checked? Yes. We may ask you to send written proof.

8. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start receiving SNAP, TANF or other benefits.

9. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk with school officials. You may also ask for a hearing by calling or writing the superintendent.

10. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

11. Who should I include as members of my household? You must include yourself and all people living in your household, related or not (such as children, grandparents, other relatives or friends).

12. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally get. For example, if you normally get $1,000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1,000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include that amount as income. If you do not normally get overtime pay, do not include it as income.

13. We are in the military, do we include our housing allowance as income? If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. All other allowances must be included in your gross income.

School officials may be reached by calling or writing:

Skidmore-Tynan ISD, Dr. Brett Belmarez, Superintendent, 287-3426, P.O. Box 409, Skidmore, TX 78389.

Beeville ISD, Dr. John Hardwick Jr., Superintendent, 358-7111, 2400 N. St. Mary’s St., Beeville, TX 78102.

Pawnee ISD, Elaine Richardson, Superintendent, 456-7256, P.O. Box 568, Pawnee, TX 78145.

Pettus ISD, Tucker Rackley, Superintendent, 375-2296, P.O. Box D, Pettus, TX 78146.

St. Mary’s Academy Charter School, Stan Simonson, Superintendent/Principal, 358-5601, 410 N. Tyler St., Beeville, TX 78102.

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Breakfast/Lunch

Program Prices

•Skidmore-Tynan ISD — Breakfast is free; lunch, $1.50, elementary students, $1.75 for junior high and high school. Reduced price lunch is 40 cents.

•Beeville ISD — Breakfast is free; lunch, pre-kinder-fifth grade, $1.75; grades 6-12, $2; Reduced price lunch is 40 cents.

•Pawnee ISD — Breakfast, pre-K-8th grade, $1.25; lunch, pre-K-3rd grade, $1.25 and 4th-8th, $1.50. Reduced: Breakfast, pre-K-8th grade, 30 cents; and lunch, 40 cents.

•Pettus ISD — Breakfast, $1; lunch, pre-kinder-third grade, $1.25, and grades 4-12, $1.50. Reduced price meals are 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

•St. Mary’s Academy Charter School — Breakfast, $1.25; lunch, $1.75. Reduced price meals are 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

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