Free/Reduced Apps

  • To Complete an On-line Meal Application, http://www.heartlandapps.com

    Free and Reduced-Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify for meal benefits. If your family chooses to apply please complete either an "On-Line Application" or a paper "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form."  Meal applications were given to all newly enrolled students and part of the online enrollment process for returning students.  Applications are also available in the school cafeteria office, each campus office or at the Child Nutrition office.  If you are completing a paper application, please return it to the Child Nutrition Office at 307 S. Cates, Decatur TX 76234. You will be notified by mail of your child's status.  Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money. 

    Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits. 

    Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. 

    Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.

    Students who qualify under the U.S. Department of Agriculture income guidelines may receive meals free or meals at the reduced-price of:   

    .30 Breakfast           .40 Lunch