Humble ISD Child Nutrition Services has issued the call for families to apply for federal school meal assistance under the National School Lunch Program for the 2020-2021 school year. Eligibility is based on current income guidelines and other factors.
Besides income restrictions, households receiving aid from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) qualify with a completed application. Children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
Families are encouraged to apply anytime during the school year and can be done through a secure online application process at schoolcafe.com. The website gives households the opportunity to create an account, apply for assistance and monitor a student’s account.
“Schoolcafe.com makes it easy for Humble ISD families to not only apply for federal assistance, but it also helps them keep better track of meal balances,” Ashley Phelps, assistant director of Humble ISD Child Nutrition Services, said.
After an application is submitted, households will be notified by email and will receive a letter in the mail.
“We want to make the application process as simple and efficient as possible for families seeking federal meal assistance,” Gretchen Lyons, interim director of Humble ISD Child Nutrition Services, said. “Given the current economic climate, it’s important to give our families the most accessible options for child nutrition assistance.”
District officials stress to families that they must reapply annually in order to be eligible for the new school year unless you received a notification letter that a child is directly certified for free or reduced-price for the current school year. Only one application is needed per household.
When a student’s meal account has exceeded the -$20 charging limit, the student will receive a courtesy breakfast and/or lunch at no cost. If low balance alerts are not set up on the school cafe website, the district will notify a child’s family of the account’s depleted funds via School Messenger emails.
All questions regarding federal school meal assistance can be directed to Humble ISD Child Nutrition Services at 281-641-8460 or 281-641-8471.