The Las Cruces Public School District takes part in the National School Lunch Program/Breakfast Program/Snack Program. Meals are served every school day.
Applying for Free or Reduced-Price Meals
How to Apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals
An application for free or reduced meals is available at your child’s school. Check with the Nutrition Services Cashier in the cafeteria or with the School Secretary in the office. To get free or reduced priced meals for your child(ren), carefully complete the application and return it to the cashier in the cafeteria. Do not return it to the teacher. You will receive a letter notifying you of your eligibility within 10 days of receipt of your application.
If you now get food stamps, be sure to include your food stamp number on the application. All applications should include all members of the household, income information or food stamp number, parent or guardian signature and social security number. If the guardian has no social security number then mark the appropriate box under the social security number space. Indicate which household members are students by writing in the school name and grade. If there is no income, write in zero but do not leave the income space blank. An application that is not complete cannot be approved and will be returned.
Verification: Your eligibility may be checked by school officials at any time during the school year. You may be asked to send information to prove that your child should receive free or reduced priced meals.
Fair Hearing: If you do not agree with the decision made on your application or the results of verification, you may wish to discuss it with the Nutrition Services Director, (575) 527-5996. You also have the right to a fair hearing. You can do this by calling or writing the following official: Ellen Williams, 505 S. Main St., Ste. 249, Las Cruces, NM 88001, or call 527-5884.
Reporting Changes: If your child gets meals based on income information, you must tell the school if your household income increases by more than $50 per month or $600 per year. If your child gets meals based on Food Stamps information, you must advise the school if you no longer get Food Stamps.
Confidentiality: The information on the application will be used only to allow your child to get free or reduced priced meals.
In the operation of the child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (200)720-5964.
If you are now getting Food Stamps or FDPIR for your child, that child can receive free meals. Confirmation letters are sent at the beginning of the year. If you don’t receive a letter and think you should have, please call (575) 527-5995.
If you have a foster child, that child may be eligible for benefits regardless of your income, but an application or proper documentation must be submitted
The following schools are all Community Eligibility Program Schools which serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications.
|Booker T. Washington||Loma Heights|
|Hermosa Heights||University Hills|
|Mesilla Valley Leadership Academy|
|Rio Grande Preparatory Institute|
Fairacres Elementary and Sonoma Elementary will provide breakfast in the classroom to all their students at no cost. Lunches are provided free or at reduced prices at these schools depending on student status.