Spring ISD Meal Program Features Nutrition, Value and Variety

August 4, 2011

Houston – July 26, 2011 – Nutrition, value and variety are three words that describe the breakfast and lunch fare offered at Spring ISD schools. Breakfast and lunch meals are offered daily on every campus to all students. Breakfast is free for all students. Elementary students may choose from several entrees at each meal service in addition to nutritious a la carte drinks and snacks. Secondary schools offer eight or more entrées daily in addition to numerous a la carte choices found on all of the serving lines and kiosks. Fresh fruits, reduced-fat items and whole grains are offered daily at all schools. Lunch prices for 2011-12 are the same as last year – $1.50 for an elementary lunch and $1.75 for a secondary lunch. Larger meals are available in the secondary schools for $2.75 or more. Parents may pack a lunch for their child’s consumption only.

Free and reduced-price meals

The application for free and reduced meals is online. Parents are encouraged to complete the application on the Internet for faster approval. Paper applications are available at each school. Child Nutrition staff will help parents submit applications online during new student registration at a table near the front of each elementary school. Eligibility is based on federally established income and household size guidelines. All students have meal accounts and pin numbers that must be entered for every transaction whether paid, reduced or free. Student eligibility is kept confidential.

Online Applications and Payments for Meal Program

Online applications are accepted and encouraged as the process is much faster. Visit www.springisd.org/mealappsbeginning Aug. 15. Include all children on one application only. Until applications are processed, parents will need to give their children money to purchase school meals at the prices listed above. Parents should allow 10 working days for eligibility determination after receipt of a paper application
by the child nutrition department. Pre-payments for all meals are encouraged.

To make online payments using a debit or credit card, go to www.PayPAMS.com. Payments for the 2011-12 school year will be accepted starting Aug. 15. Visa, Mastercard, and Discover are accepted and the minimum payment is $10. Payments are available for use in one to two business days. Automatic payments may also be scheduled based on a specified account balance. Parents may view their child’s account balance and
payment history using this system. All PayPAMS services and payments are free-of-charge. Parents must first register online at www.PayPAMS.com to set up an account. Meals may still be pre-paid by depositing cash into student accounts.

For more information about Spring ISD Child Nutrition, go online to www.springisd.org/nutrition or call 281-891-6445.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 866-632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339; or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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