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EPISD to continue free food service program at most campuses, expand to two new ones

Free Meals at EPISD

(EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT -- Sept. 4, 2019) — EPISD will continue its policy to operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for this school year. Guerrero and Herrera are two campuses that were added to CEP this school year.  Schools qualifying to operate CEP serve breakfast and lunch to all children at no charge and eliminate the collection of meal applications for free, reduced-price, and paid student meals. This approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.   

EPISD campuses participating in the Community Eligibility Provision are:

Elementary Schools

HERRERA

Middle Schools

ABOUT FACE

HILLSIDE

ARMENDARIZ

AOY

JOHNSON

BASSETT

BARRON

LAMAR

CANYON HILLS

BLISS

LEE EL

LAFARELLE

BONHAM

LOGAN

CHARLES

BRADLEY

MORENO

GUILLEN

CLARDY

NEWMAN

HENDERSON

CLENDENIN

PARK

MAGOFFIN

COLDWELL

PUTNAM

MOREHEAD

COLLINS

POWELL

TERRACE HILLS

COOLEY

RIVERA

WIGGS

CROCKETT

ROBERTS

High Schools

CROSBY

RUSK

AUSTIN

DOUGLASS

STANTON

BOWIE

DOWELL

TRAVIS

CHAPIN

FANNIN

WHITAKER

IRVIN

GUERRERO

ZAVALA

JEFFERSON

H R MOYE

 

CCTA

HART

 

TELLES ACADEMY

HAWKINS

 

 

 

For additional information please contact the following person:

El Paso Independent School District

Food and Nutrition Services Department

Attention:  Elizabeth A. Triolo, SNAC Coordinator

6531 Boeing Drive 

El Paso, Texas, 79925

(915) 230-2162

eahernan@episd.org

Schools not participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) will have student meal applications available to qualify students for free and reduced-price meals 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.

Starting in August 2019, EPISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available as part of the online application process on episd.org.  Go to Departments, then click on Food and Nutrition Services Department.  

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:

Income

  1. Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels

Categorical or Automatic Eligibility

  1. Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Program Participant

  1. Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster

Income Eligibility

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 the child’s school cafeteria.  Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:

  1. Names of all household members
  2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
  3. 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 “No Social Security number”
  4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Categorical or Program Eligibility

EPISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. EPISD 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 Elizabeth A. Triolo at (915) 230-2162. 

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Elizabeth A. Triolo at (915) 230-2162. 

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.

Determining Eligibility

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, Elizabeth A. Triolo at (915) 230-2162 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 Laura V. Durán, Food and Nutrition Services Director, (915) 230-2174.

Unexpected Circumstances

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school cafeteria or Elizabeth A. Triolo, SNAC Coordinator, (915) 230-2162.  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.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.