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:


    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
    2.   Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start


    Income Eligibility

    For those households that qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income, an adult in the household must fill out a free and reduced-price meal application and return it to Erin Ulmer, Child Nutrition Specialist. 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

    Bastrop ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. These children do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive a letter and feels it should have or wishes to decline benefits, should contact Erin Ulmer, Child Nutrition Specialist at (512) 772-7140.

    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, the Child Nutrition Department 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 by calling 512-772-7245. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Dina Edgar, Chief Financial Officer, 906 Farm Street, Bastrop, TX, 78602.


Unexpected Circumstances

  • If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the current income eligibility guidelines.


Community Eligibility Provision

  • The Bastrop Independent School District announced that Bastrop Middle School and Cedar Creek Middle School has a change in its policy for serving meals to children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2022-2023 school year. These two schools qualify to operate the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to provide 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 new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals.

    Bastrop ISD elementary and intermediate schools will continue its policy to operate the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2022-2023 school year.

    Applications are still being requested for all high school students to receive free or reduced meals. An online application may be completed by visiting Paper applications are available at your child’s campus.

    For additional information, contact Erin Ulmer, Child Nutrition Specialist, at (512) 772-7140.


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    To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, 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:

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