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Applications Now Available for Free or Reduced-Price Meals at Comal ISD

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Some Comal ISD school children may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

The district says applications are now available both online and on paper.

Parents and guardians can apply for the program at any time during the school year. A child with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

The reduced price is 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch. If a parent or guardian received a notification letter that a child is directly certified for free or reduced-price meals, they do not need to complete an application. They just need to let the campus know if any children in the household attending school are not listed in the letter.

For questions about applying for free or reduced-price meals, contact 830-221-2067 or email p.carvalho@comalisd.org.

Who Qualifies for Free Meals?

  • Income: Children can get free or reduced-price meals if a household’s gross income is within the limits described in the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
  • Special Assistance Program Participants: Children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program for Households on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), are eligible for free meals.
  • Foster: Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Head Start or Early Head Start: Children participating in these programs are eligible for free meals.
  • Homeless, Runaway, and Migrant: Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualify for free meals. If you haven’t been told about a child’s status as homeless, runaway, or migrant or you feel a child may qualify for one of these programs, please call or email Natally.Padron@comalisd.org.
  • WIC Recipient: Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

What If I Disagree with the School’s Decision About My Application?

Talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to Armando.Maese@comalisd.org.

My Child’s Application Was Approved Last Year. Do I Need to Fill Out A New One?

Yes. An application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. Send in a new application unless the school has told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.

If I Don’t Qualify Now, May I Apply Later?

Yes. Apply at any time during the school year. A child with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

What If My Income Is Not Always the Same?

List the amount normally received. If a household member lost a job or had hours/wages reduced, use current income.

We Are in The Military. Do We Report Our Income Differently?

Basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. Any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, clothing, or Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments count as income. If housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include the housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is excluded from income.

May I Apply If Someone in My Household Is Not a U.S. Citizen?

Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced-price meals.

Will Application Information Be Checked?

Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the reported household income.

My Family Needs More Help. Are There Other Programs We Might Apply For?

To find out how to apply for other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or 2-1-1.

Can I Apply Online?

Yes. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Apply here.

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