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HISD ~ Media Release for Seamless Summer Option Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022

Texas Department of Agriculture

SSO Media Release – No Application Processing
July 6, 2021

Media Release for Seamless Summer Option Free Meals in School Year 2021-2022


Hitchcock ISD announced its policy today that this school year, healthy meals will be offered every school day
to all students 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 2021-2022 school year. Each
school/site or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed upon request.

While no application or eligibility determination process is required for your student to receive free meals this
school year, the income eligibility requirement will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations
and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering
USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or
reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille,
large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they
applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA
through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available
in languages other than English.


To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form,
(AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr/how-to-file-a-program-discrimination-complaint, and at
any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in
the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to
USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400
Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:
program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.