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With federal funding, Socorro ISD will provide free meals for all children in the community, ages 18 and under, during the 2021-22 school year.
“This is great news for the children in the Socorro community. What a relief to know all our children will have access to healthy, free meals for the 2021-22 school year,” said SISD Director of Child Nutrition Services Shelley Chenausky. “It is a wonderful way for us to provide support and continued care for all our families.”
Healthy breakfasts and lunches will be offered every school day to all children at no cost.
Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. However, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-22 school year.
Parents are not required to fill out a free and reduced-priced meals application for the 2021-22 school year.
District officials add that curbside meal service will be available for parents picking up meals for young children who are not enrolled in SISD schools or homeschooled students.
No duplicate meals will be allowed. SISD curbside meal service will be provided Monday through Friday at:
- Elementary schools from 7 to 8 a.m. (excluding Escontrias Early Childhood Center and Keys Elementary)
- K-8 schools from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.
- Middle schools from 7:45 to 8:45 a.m.
Combo schools will provide meals on the elementary school side only.
According to state/federal guidelines, parents can pick up the free meals without having to bring their children to the pickup sites. If parents have their children WITH them when they pick up meals, no documentation is required. If parents come to pick up meals WITHOUT their children, they need to present one of the following for all children 18 and under:
- Official letter/email/electronic school application from school listing children enrolled
- Individual student report cards
- Attendance record from parent portal of the school website, printed or electronic, that includes the children names
- Birth certificate for children not in school
- Student ID cards
While no application or eligibility determination process is required for students to receive free meals this school year, the income eligibility requirement will likely resume in the 2022-23 school year.
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