Free & Reduced Meals
Free & Reduced Meals Application
Lackland ISD is now accepting applications online at: www.mealappnow.com/manlac
Parents may also pick up applications at the front office of Lackland Elementary or Virginia Allred Stacey Junior Senior High School. Applications will also be sent home with the students following the first day of class.
All new and returning applicants for Free and Reduced priced meals must submit a new application for the 2020-2021 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 is not received within 30 days these students will become paid students until a qualifying application is received.
Importance of submitting Free and Reduced Applications: Even if your family does not plan on eating in the cafeteria, the information collected from the Free and Reduced Program is used to establish other federal funding rates such as the E-Rate program used for technology. Qualifying for the Free and Reduced Meals may also make your family eligible for current or future economic benefits programs.
2020-2021 Change to the Free and Reduced Meal Eligibility for Pre-K Students: The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has discontinued its 2019-2020 initiative to provide free meals for Pre-K students. Pre-K students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year must now complete an application to qualify for free and reduced meals through the National School Lunch Program.
Military Privatized Housing: 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.
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 priced 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 a 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 a 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 member is normally reflected in the entitlements column of the military Leave and Earnings (LES) statement. Deployed service members are considered members of the household for purposes of determining income eligibility for the Child Nutrition Programs.
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