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2018-2019 Pleasanton ISD Media Release

Texas Department of Agriculture
Media Release
Media Release for Free and Reduced-Price Meals
Pleasanton ISD announced its policy today for providing free and reduced-price meals for children
served under the attached current income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central
office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone on request.

The district will begin distributing letters to the households of the children in the district
about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits
online. Paper applications also are available at the Food and Nutrition Services office at 1140
Jolly Street Pleasanton, Texas 78064.

Criteria for Free and Reduced-Price Meal Benefits
The following criteria will be used to determine a child’s eligibility for free or reduced-price
meal benefits:
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
4. Child’s enrollment in Head Start or Even Start

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 online at or contact
the campus cafeteria or the Food & Nutrition Services office for a paper copy of the forms. 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 “I do not
have a Social Security number”
4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Categorical or Program Eligibility
Pleasanton ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and
program eligible. The Food and Nutrition Services Department will notify the households of these
children that they do not need to complete an application. Any household that does not receive a
letter and feels it should have should contact Christophe Milani, Director, Food & Nutrition
Services Dept., (830)569-1367 or

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Christophe Milani, Director, Food &
Nutrition Services Dept., (830)569-1367 or

Applications may be submitted anytime during the school year. The information households provide on
the application will be 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, Christophe Milani, Director, Food &
Nutrition Services Dept. 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 Dr. Matthew
Mann, Superintendent, Pleasanton ISD, 831 Stadium Dr., Pleasanton, TX 78064, (830)569-1200.

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 attached current income eligibility guidelines.

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