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For the 2021-2022 school year, all students in Socorro ISD will be able to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost. With that, the district encourages all households of students at non-Community Eligibility Provision schools to complete a 2021-2022 meal application.
Officials say that while breakfast and lunch are free for all students this year, other benefits for the children and community are tied to the meal application completion.
Applications for free and reduced-priced meals in Team SISD for the 2021-2022 school year will be accepted online beginning August 20, 2021.
For more information or questions about the online meal application, call (915) 937-0450.
If needed, online applications can be completed by using computers in the Child Nutrition Services Office at 12100 Eastlake Blvd., the District Service Center at 12440 Rojas Drive, and at all schools districtwide.
One benefit that households may be eligible for is the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) Program. The meal application process is a tool for school districts to assist families in obtaining P-EBT benefits that they may be eligible for.
District officials say a second benefit is that the collection of meal applications in the 2021-2022 school year will provide the district with information that may allow the Department of Child Nutrition Services to qualify and designate additional campuses as Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) schools where all students eat breakfast and lunch at no cost with no meal application necessary for the 2022-2023 school year.
The district currently has 26 CEP-designated campuses where households are not required to fill out the meal application for free and reduced breakfast and lunch. SISD would like to have the opportunity to serve more students in the CEP program in the next school year and in subsequent school years.
Current CEP schools include Benito Martinez, Campestre, Robert R. Rojas, Elfida P. Chavez, Escontrias Early Childhood Center, Escontrias, H.D. Hilley, Hueco, KEYS Elementary, Mission Ridge, Myrtle Cooper, O’Shea Keleher, Purple Heart, Sgt. Jose F. Carrasco, Sierra Vista, and Vista del Sol elementary schools; Desert Wind, Ernesto Serna, Bill Sybert, and Jane A. Hambric K-8 schools; Capt. Walter E. Clarke, Hurshel Antwine, Salvador H. Sanchez, and Socorro middle schools; KEYS Academy, and Options High School.
Officials add that while no application or eligibility determination is required for students to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year.
As such, Socorro ISD will process household applications during School Year 2021-2022 to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year while 2022-2023 applications are being processed.
Each school/site or the CNS office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.
Additionally, SISD parents and guardians may use the Meal Viewer app to view school breakfast and lunch menus and obtain the nutritional values of the specific food items. The Meal Viewer app is available for free download from the App Store or Google Play.
The MySchoolBucks app remains available for SISD parent and guardians to add money to their child’s account with respect to the purchase of a la carte items that are additional to the free breakfast and lunch that is provided.
Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Frances Castillo, CNS Specialist, 12100 Eastlake Blvd., El Paso, Texas, 79928, 915-937-0450.
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.
“The Socorro Independent School District is committed to offering delicious and nutritious breakfasts and lunches for all students to support their academic success,” officials added.
“The SISD Child Nutrition Services department ensures all meals are balanced, meet federal and state standards, and options are provided to offer students the meals they enjoy with the nutrition they need to excel in the classroom.”