Posted Date: 01/14/2021
January 14, 2021—Amarillo ISD is encouraging families who have previously qualified for free and reduced-price meals or who think they may qualify to submit an application as soon as possible.
The District has received fewer than normal applications for free and reduced-price meals for the 2020, a decrease that could affect funding for programs that go beyond the cafeteria.
Federal and state agencies use the applications to assess a school district’s needs and determine funding for various kinds of support. When these applications aren’t completed by families who may qualify, a district could lose funding for certain services in schools and other important benefits for students, such as assistance for counselors, tutoring and technology.
“Even if families don’t think they will qualify, we would still like them to because the eligibility threshold changes every year,”said Amarillo ISD Director of Child Nutrition Matthew Buck.
In November, AISD began offering free meals to students and families, regardless of income, due to special funding for the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the special funding, no application was necessary to receive free meals this school year and the District believes that accounts for the decrease in free and reduced-price meal applications.
Parents should still submit a free and reduced-price meals application for this school year to help provide an accurate picture of the needs of AISD families. Additionally, families who do qualify this year are eligible to receive benefits for the first 30 days of the 2021-2022 school year.
To complete an application, visit http://chartwellsk12.compass-usa.com/amarilloisd. For help completing an application or if you have any additional questions, contact AISD’s child nutrition office at 806-326-1263.