The Lackland ISD Child Nutrition Department offers a choice of healthy and appetizing meals each school day. All meals served at Lackland ISD cafeterias meet nutrition standards as established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Student Cafeteria Accounts
Parents must always ensure the student’s lunch account has available funds to make meal purchases. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to provide the student’s lunch or breakfast, or pay for meals provided by the district. The Child Nutrition Department has a fiscal responsibility to stay in compliance with Federal Guidelines. In order to meet this obligation, parents/guardians are responsible for purchases made by their student(s) in the cafeteria.
Free & Reduced Meals Application
Parents may pick-up Free and Reduced meal applications at the front office of Lackland Elementary School or Virginia Allred Stacey Junior Senior High School. Applications will also be sent home with the students following the first day of class. All returning applicants for Free and Reduced price meals must submit a new application for the 2013 -2014 school year. Students who were on the free or reduced price meal program last year at Lackland ISD have a "prior year" status for the first 30 school days of the new school year. If a new application for these students is not received by October 7, 2013, they will become "Paid" students on October 8, 2013.
If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance (BHA) as income. All other allowances must be added in your gross income.
Free and Reduced Price Meal applications are accepted all year. If you have applied and were denied and there has been a change in your income or number of dependents please reapply or contact the Director for Student Support Services.
EXCLUSION OF MILITARY COMBAT PAY
A recent policy memorandum from USDA provides information on implementation of the exclusion of military combat pay from income eligibility determinations for free and reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. As set forth in the statute, combat pay is defined as an additional payment made under Chapter 5 of Title 37 of the United States Code, which is received by household member who is deployed to a designated combat zone.
Combat pay is excluded if it is:
-Received in addition to the service member's basic pay
-Received as a result of the service member's deployment to or service in an area that has been designated as combat zone
-Not received by the service member prior to his/her deployment to or service in the designated combat zone
A combat zone is any area that the President of the United States designates by Executive Order as an area in which the U.S. Armed Forces are engaging or have engaged in combat. As with other types of income commonly received by military personnel (such as the Basic Allowance for Housing or Basic Allowance for Subsistence payments), combat pay received by the service members in normally reflected in the entitlements column of the military Leave and Earning Statement (LES). Deployment service members are considered members of the household for purposes of determining income eligibility for the Child Nutrition Programs.
Student Meal Prices for School Year 2013-2014
Elementary: Lunch $2.25 Breakfast $1.25
Secondary: Lunch $2.25 Breakfast $1.25
Reduced: Lunch $0.40 Breakfast $.30
Prepayment of Meals
Parents are encouraged to place money in the student's account to reduce the need for carrying cash, which can be lost or stolen. Lunch Money Now is available as a prepayment option online. The service is easy to use, convenient, private, and secure. Once your account is established, you can deposit funds into the student's lunch account anytime from your home computer or phone. A convenience fee of $2.50 is charged for each transaction. One transaction may consist of making multiple deposits into various accounts for families with more than one student.
*Be sure to enable pop-ups on your computer in order to access Lunch Money Now.
Helpful information for both parents and students:
· Menus provide for a daily choice between two entrees for the 2nd through 12th grades. Choice is limited for PK, K, and 1st grades.
· Students must take at least three items for lunch. One must be a serving of fruit or vegetable for the meal to be reimbursable.
· If a reimbursable meal is not selected students will be charged a la carte pricing.
· Parents may apply for Free or Reduced priced meals. Applications may be obtained from the front office of either the elementary or high school.
· Students who have no money for meals will receive a cheese sandwich and milk at lunch and a toast and juice at breakfast.
· Parents may prepay for their child’s meals. Prepay accounts are the same as cash, but students may not receive cash from their accounts.
· Students will enter their ID number or scan lunch cards to record all student transactions.
· Eligibility for Free & Reduced priced meals is not automatic upon completion of an application. Status is official when it is processed and approved for benefits.
· Approval of an application may take several days.
· Returning students only may use their Free or Reduced status from the previous year for the first 30 days of the new school year. All Free & Reduced students who do not renew their application by this day will pay full price after the 30th school calendar day.
· Results of application status will be mailed to the household.
· Any concerns with a student’s Free or Reduced status should be reported to the Director for Student Support Services immediately.