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ECISD to make lunches free for all students next year

The Ector County ISD School Nutrition Department is pleased to announce, this year breakfast and lunch meals will be provided at no cost to all students, through two USDA programs. All elementary campuses are participating in the Community Eligibility Provision program and all middle schools and high schools will be participating in the Universal Free Feeding program. Both of these programs are funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Removing hunger from the equation is an important step towards ensuring our students’ academic success,” said ECISD School Nutrition Director Brandon Reyes. “Being able to provide free meals for all students, every day, means food is not a barrier for our kids.”

Community Eligibility Program

A Free/Reduced meal application is not necessary to be filled out for elementary students. However, parents do need to complete an Income Survey. The District will be sending these out to households at the start of the school year. It is vital for the continuation of this program that parents complete and return them to their respective campus.

Universal Free Feeding

A critical element of this program is the requirement that ECISD still collect Free/Reduced meal applications from parents of middle school and high school students every year. District leaders are asking parents to either complete the paper Free/Reduced meal application that is being mailed to students’ homes, or go online to apply at paypams.com/onlineapp.aspx. The Free/Reduced meal applications will help ECISD continue to feed all students for free. The online application is much easier to complete now, and can be done on a smartphone in a matter of minutes.