Free- and Reduced-Price Meals


    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 Eligibility - Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels

    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 Erica Figueroa at 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 Automatic Eligibility - Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

    Bastrop ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Bastrop ISD 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 Bill Hanson (512) 772-7260, 906 Farm St. Bastrop TX, 78602. Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Bill Hanson (512) 772-7260, 906 Farm St. Bastrop TX, 78602. 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.

    Program Participant - Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster; child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start


    Determining Eligibility

    Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy Erica Figueroa at (512) 772-7100, 906 Farm St. Bastrop TX, 78602 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 Dina Edgar, CFO, 906 Farm St. 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

    Bastrop ISD will continue its policy to operate the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2019-20 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 new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals. Participating schools in Year 2 and beyond include Emile Elementary, Cedar Creek Elementary, Red Rock Elementary, Bluebonnet Elementary, Lost Pines Elementary and Cedar Creek Intermediate. The school which is participating for its base year of this program is Bastrop Intermediate.

    For additional information, please contact 512-772-7260.




    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:, 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:

    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.