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CHILD NUTRITION DEPARTMENT
Mailing Address: Physical Address:
301 EAST HOUSE STREET Building F
ALVIN, TEXAS 77511 2200 STAPP MAXWELL
ALVIN, TEXAS 77511
Frequently Asked Questions
Child Nutrition Department
How do the student's pay for meals?
Our district has computerized its food service registers. When a student enrolls, he or
How can I manage my student meal account?
What happens when my child's account runs out of money?-
Parents are strongly encouraged to use Parent Online at www.parentonline.net
to manage their student's cafeteria account. When using Parent Online you can
register to receive low balance email reminders and you can also monitor your
child's account. Using Parent Online in this way is at NO COST to you! Should
you wish to deposit deposit money in your child's account using Parent Online,
a fee of $1.75 will be charged by Parent Online. Payment is often received within
15 minutes, although the site cannot guarantee immediate payment due to the
nature of internet connections ect. You can always send a check or cash with
your child and we will gladly accept your payment in the cafeteria.
Our district practices a "NO CHARGE" policy for student meals. However, each
principal may have their own individual proceedure for students who show up for
lunch with no money. Please contact your cafeteria manager or principal's office
for further guidance at your child's campus.
Parents that apply for assistance for school meals should send money to school
with their child until they receive notice of approval for free or reduced meal benefits.
If my student leaves Alvin Schools, how do I get my account
balance refunded or transferred?
Refund/Transfer Forms are available here:
Cafeteria Account Refund/Transfer Form
and at the school cafeteria offices.Once the completed forms are received by
the Child Nutrition Department, the Business Office cuts and mails checks
every Friday. Depending on when the refund form was submitted, you should
receive your check in about two weeks.
How do I apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals?
To qualify for the Free & Reduced-price meal benefits, a
A new application must be filled out at the beginning of
each new school year.
All household members, including all students should be
included in one form.
Only one form per household is required.
If the household income falls within the income guidelines as set by USDA each
year, then you will be notified within 10 days of receipt of the application of
the approval status. Paper applications will continue to be accepted; however
applicants are encouraged to submit applications online for faster processing.
Paper forms are available at the Child Nutrition Department located at 2200
Stapp-Maxwell, Building F in Alvin, Texas.The cafeteria computer accounts
are updated nightly as students are approved for free or reduced-price meal benefits.
Meal eligibilities are kept strictly confidential.
The codes are confidential and only the student and cashier know the
Applications may be submitted any time during the school year.
If you have questions, please call 281-245-2277.
Free And Reduced Eligibility Guidelines Effective July 1, 2013 – June 30,2014
These guidelines are based on 185% of the federal poverty guidelines
and are effective July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014.
How do I know what is being served daily?
School menus are planned and prepared in cycles. All menus are
available here on our web site.Substitutions may occur on the menu
due to product availability, student preferences and government
commodity inventories. We try very hard to supply what is on the
menu to every elementary child in the district.
What is "Offer Vs. Serve" and "Components"?
To qualify, we must serve certain food components
(food groups) in certain amounts.
For instance at breakfast, we must offer students 4 components:
1. Milk 8 oz. serving (1 component)
2. Breads 2 servings, or meats 2 servings, (2 components) or
3. Meat 1 serving & bread 1 serving (2 components)
4. 1/2 cup fruit or juice. (1 component)
They only have to take (be served) 3 of the 4, or they can have
all 4. The price is the same.
For lunch, we must offer 5 components:
2. Fruit - 1/2 to 1 cup (1 component)
3. Vegetable - 3/4 to 1 cup (1 component)
4. Bread or bread alternate 1 serving (like rice or pasta) (1 component)
5. Milk 8 OZ serving (1 component)
They only have to take (be served) 3 of the 5 components or they
can take all 5 at the same price.
At least 1 of the 3 components MUST be a serving
of fruit or vegetable starting with the 2012-2013 school year.
This is called Offer Vs. Serve meal service.
It allows the students choices and also helps us keep prices lower for our
students, while insuring they receive a well-balanced nutritious meal.
Sometimes we ask a student who has not taken the minimum number of items on his
tray to select another item to make the meal reimbursable. This helps us keep
our reimbursement and allows the student to pay a lower price for an entire
meal, instead of paying for each item separately (a la carte) when the required
number of items are not taken.
Privacy Act Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.
USDA Nondiscrimination Statement: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal and, where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at email@example.com. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities and wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish). Persons with disabilities who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.