SISD: Cost of meals increase, reduced meals stay the same
The first day of school is quickly approaching and as parents register their kids, Stephenville ISD Child Nutrition Director Mona Little wants them to know that meal pricing has slightly increased this year with reduced meals staying the same.
Here’s a breakdown of pricing:
Full pay students- $1.25 (increase of $0.25)
Reduced - $0.30 (unchanged)
Full pay students - $2.60 (increase of $0.10)
Reduced - $0.40 (unchanged)
Little said the increase comes from the regulations set by the United States Department of Agriculture, which states “any nonprofit school food service program participating in the National Breakfast and Lunch Program must ensure sufficient funds are provided for meals served. On a monthly basis meal counts and free/reduced information is reported to the USDA and with this required information, the USDA then provides the amount structured for meal pricing to individual school districts for the upcoming school year.”
Applications for free and reduced meals are available online at www.sville.us under “Departments” and then “Child Nutrition” tabs.
“On average the district stays anywhere between 46 to 50 percent free and reduced qualification,” Little said. “In May there were about 1,600 free and 250 reduced student qualifications. The numbers change depending on household circumstances.”
Here’s a look at qualifications for free and reduced meals.
One household member
Annual income - $15,678 (free meals)
Annual income - $22,311 (reduced meals)
Two household members
Annual income - $21,112 (free meals)
Annual income - $30,044 (reduced meals)
Three household members
Annual income - $26,546 (free meals)
Annual income - $37,777 (reduced meals)
Four household members
Annual income - $31,980 (free meals)
Annual income - $45,510 (reduced meals)
Five household members
Annual income - $37,414 (free meals)
Annual income - $52,243 (reduced meals)
Six household members
Annual income - $42,848 (free meals)
Annual income - $60,976 (reduced meals)
Seven household members
Annual income - $48,282 (free meals)
Annual income - $68,709 (reduced meals)
Eight household members
Annual income - $53,716 (free meals)
Annual income - $76,442 (reduced meals)
For each additional household member $5,434 will be added to the annual income for free meals and $7,733 for reduced meals.
“Once the registration process is complete, the child nutrition department will receive the application for qualification,” Little said. “A result letter is then sent to the address received."
Any time during the school year, if a household income changes, an online application is available to complete on the district's website.
In a previous interview in March, Little said the district is not in any debt due to students not being able to pay for school meals.
For questions regarding meal plans, contact 254-968-4826.