AUSTIN (KXAN) — Starting in March 2020, students across the country received free breakfasts and lunches thanks to a federal waiver.
But that program ended June 30.
Now, families will need to submit applications for reduced or free lunches depending on their income level. If the family does not qualify, school meals will be available at the district’s set price.
But some Central Texas school districts will continue free meals for their students. Here’s what each district has decided to do.
Del Valle ISD
Families must apply for free and reduced meals.
Students at five schools will get free breakfast and lunch with funding from the Community Eligibility Provision program. These include Camino Real, Hemphill, Science Hall and Uhland elementary schools and Simon Middle School.
Lake Travis ISD
Only students who qualify will get free or reduced meals. “We encourage all families to submit a free-and-reduced meals application for each of their students,” a spokesperson said.
Liberty Hill ISD
Students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade will get free breakfast and lunch meals. This will be paid for through state funding. The district is awaiting approval from the state for high school meals. Applications can be found online.
The district will give free breakfast and lunch meals to all students. No applications will be needed. “This new approach reduces burdens for both families and school administrators and helps ensure that students receive nutritious meals,” a district release said.
KXAN has reached out to additional Central Texas school districts. This article will be updated with their responses.