Schools offer free, low cost meals

Posted 7/28/22

Alba-Golden ISD  announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached income eligibility guidelines. Each school/site or the central office has …

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Schools offer free, low cost meals


Alba-Golden ISD  announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the attached 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. 18, Alba- Golden ISD will begin distributing letters to the households of children in the district about eligibility benefits and any actions households need to take to apply for these benefits. Applications also are available at 1373 CR 2377, Alba, TX 75410. 

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: 


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

Categorical or Automatic Eligibility

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

Program Participant 

3. Child’s status as a foster child, homeless, runaway, migrant, or displaced by a declared disaster 

4. 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 free and reduced-price meal application and return it to the district. Those individuals filling out the application will need to provide the following information:

1. Names of all household members

2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member

3. Last four 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” 

4. Signature of an adult household member attesting that the information provided is correct

Categorical or Program


Alba-Golden ISD is working with local agencies to identify all children who are categorically and program eligible. The district will notify 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 Laura Reid, Food Service Director, at 903-768-2472 ext 1110 or

Any household that wishes to decline benefits should contact Reid.

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, AGISD 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 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. 

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.

Alba-Golden ISD will be charging the following for meals the 2022-23 school year:

Reduced breakfast - $0.30

Reduced lunch - $0.40

Paid breakfast - $2.50

Paid lunch - $3.25

If a family feels that their child might qualify for free/reduced meals, the online application is available at or a link is provided on the food service page of the school’s website,

All school districts participate in this program. Contact the respective district to sign up or for more information.