FREE AND REDUCED MEALS PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division administers the National School Lunch (NSLP) and School Breakfast Programs (SBP) for Public Schools. The goal of the NSLP and SBP is to safeguard the health and well being of school children by establishing good eating habits through the availability of adequate food. Public and nonprofit schools, residential child care institutions, juvenile correctional institutions, and boarding schools may participate in these programs.
GENERAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Texas and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under). Eligibility may be based on total income and size (i.e., number of household members) of a participant’s household. Children from households whose incomes are at or below the levels shown in the table below are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. If any member of the household receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits, children are eligible for free meals.