Nutrition


Media Release for Free and Reduced-Price Meals

 
River Road Independent School District announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the 2018-2019 income eligibility guidelines.

Beginning July16th, 2018, online meal applications will be available in our online Registration Packets and at our Food Service page.  River Road ISD will notify the households of the children in the district about eligibility benefits.  Applications also are available at the Food Service Office at River Road Middle School, 9500 U.S Highway 287 N, Amarillo TX 79108, or at each school cafeteria and office in the district.

Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits

Criteria 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

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

Program Participant

3. Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster
4. Child’s enrollment in Head Start, Even Start or Federally Funded Pre-Kindergarten.

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 either Online or paper.  Completed paper applications need to be returned to any school cafeteria or the Food Service Office, 9500 U.S Hwy 287 N, Amarillo, TX 79108. 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

River Road ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. River Road ISD will notify the households of these children that they do not need to complete an application.

Applications are taken any time during the school year. The information households provide on the application is 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 Food Service Office 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 Mr. Richard Kelley Superintendent, 806-381-7800, 9500 U.S Hwy 287 N, Amarillo, TX 79108.

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 income eligibility guidelines.


In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, it's 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.htm, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to the 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 of Civil Rights
                  1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
                  Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
2.  Fax: (202) 690-7441; or
3.  Email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.