Liberty ISD announced its policy on Friday, August 20, to offer healthy meals to all students for free every day of school this school year. Typically, a student’s household must meet income requirements to qualify for free or discounted meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued guidelines that will allow schools to offer free meals to all students for the 2021-2022 school year.
While your student will not need to apply or determine eligibility for free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements are likely to resume in the 2022-2023 school year. Therefore, Liberty ISD will process budget requests during the 2021-2022 school year to ensure that students are eligible for free or discounted meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year while processing the 2022-2023 requests. Each school / location or headquarters has a copy of the policy which can be viewed upon request.
Beginning August 17, 2021, Liberty ISD will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district for Liberty High School and Liberty Middle School, detailing these 2022-2023 eligibility benefits and the actions that households are taking Application need to take. Applications are also available at the Liberty Food Service Office, 2519 Jefferson Dr., Liberty, Texas, or on your child’s campus.
Criteria for free and discounted catering services at the beginning of the school year 2022-2023
The following criteria are used to determine whether a child is entitled to free or reduced meals at the beginning of the school year 2022-2023:
- Household income equal to or below the eligibility criteria
Categorical or automatic authorization
- Households receiving a nutritional supplement program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Families in Need (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
- Status of the child as a foster child, homeless person, runaway, migrant or displaced person due to a declared disaster
- Enroll the child in Head Start or Even Start
For households eligible for free or discounted meals based on income, an adult in the household must complete and return the free and discounted meal application to Sandy Sizemore, Food Service Director, 2519 Jefferson Dr., Liberty, Texas. The people filling out the application must provide the following information:
- Names of all household members
- Amount, frequency and source of current income for each household member
- The last 4 digits of the social security number of the adult household member who is signing the application or, if the adult does not have a social security number, check the box labeled “No Social Security Number”.
- Signature of an adult household member confirming that the information provided is correct
Categorical or program eligibility
Liberty ISD is working with local authorities to identify all children who are categorical and eligible for the program. Liberty ISD is telling these children’s households that they do not need to complete an application. Any household who does not receive a letter and thinks they should receive a letter should contact Sandy Sizemore at 936-336-2673 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any household wishing to decline benefits should contact Sandy Sizemore at 936-336-2673 or email email@example.com.
Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year. The details of the households in the application are used to determine eligibility. Applications can also be checked by the school management at any time during the school year.
Determination of Eligibility
In accordance with the provisions of the Free and Discounted Meal Policy, Food Service Director Sandy Sizemore will review applications and determine eligibility. Households or legal guardians who are dissatisfied with the verifying officer’s eligibility determination may wish to discuss the decision with the verifying officer on an informal basis. Households wishing to formally object to a hearing on the decision can submit an oral or written request to Dr. Cody Abshier, 1600 Grand Ave., Liberty, Texas.
If a household member becomes unemployed or the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may result in the household’s children being eligible if the household’s income meets or falls below the current income eligibility guidelines attached.