FOR RELEASE: Harmony to offer free and reduced-price meals to eligible students

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    Harmony to offer free and reduced-price meals to eligible students
    TEXAS – Harmony Public Schools 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.
    Starting on Aug. 1, 2022, Harmony Public Schools 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. Applications also are available at https://www.schoolcafe.com.

    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:

    Income

    • Household income that is at or below the income eligibility levels.

    Categorical or Automatic Eligibility

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    • Household receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR).

    Program Participant

    • Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster.
    • 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 a free and reduced-price meal application and return it to their campus. Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:

    Names of all household members.

    • Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member.
    • 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 “No Social Security number.”
    • Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct.

    Categorical or Program Eligibility
    Harmony Public Schools is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. Harmony Public Schools 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 Mrs. Rodriguez at childnutrition.sa Harmony Public School South Texas.

    Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact their school Child Nutrition Assistant or your District Child Nutrition Coordinator at childnutrition.sa

    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, the school Child Nutrition Assistant 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 Chief of Operations Officer, 9321 W. Sam Houston Pkwy S, Houston, TX 77099 or by email childnutrition.

    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.

    Harmony Public Schools is a Texas-born, Texas-wide public charter school system with campuses serving PreK-Grade 12 students in 23 cities across the state, including Greater Houston, DFW, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso, Waco, Lubbock, Odessa, Bryan, Beaumont, and the Rio Grande Valley. Harmony’s curriculum places a heavy focus on STEM skills, Character Education, project-based learning, and college readiness.

    Harmony Public Schools is currently accepting applications for the 2022-23 school year for students and team members.

    About Harmony Public Schools
    Harmony Public Schools are 60 high performing PreK-12 college preparatory charter schools throughout Texas. Harmony blends the highest standards and expectations, with a rigorous math- and science-centered curriculum and dedicated and engaged teachers and families to cultivate excellence and prepare students to succeed in college, careers and life. At Harmony Public Schools, we believe every child can succeed, and we are committed to helping them realize their full potential. To learn more about Harmony Public Schools and our 58 campuses across Texas, please visit: www.harmonytx.org, and follow us on Twitter at @HarmonyEdu and ‘Like’ us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/HarmonyTexas.

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