Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Child Nutrition Staff Available to Help Families Register for School Meal Plans
Sugar Land, TX News (August 6, 2014) – To help provide students with the nutrition they need to be successful in school, Fort Bend ISD’s Child Nutrition Department offers breakfast and lunch meals to students each school day. Students can buy breakfast for $1.25 (elementary and secondary) and lunch for $2.25 (elementary) and $2.50 (secondary). Children who qualify for the Reduced-Price School Meal program may buy lunch for 40 cents and breakfast for only 30 cents.
The Child Nutrition Department has partnered with Heartland School Solutions to give parents and guardians the option of applying for meal benefits online. Beginning Sunday, August 10, families may complete online applications from any computer with internet access at http://fortbendisd.heartlandapps.com. As a convenience to families, computers will be available at various FBISD locations and at the Child Nutrition Department’s Office at 555 Julie Rivers Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478. The convenient service will allow parents/guardians to complete a single online application for ALL of their FBISD students regardless of their campus locations.
When entering the application online, certain information is required. Families will need:
- the student’s legal first and last name
- birth date
- campus and grade level
- eligibility group number for SNAP (food stamp number) or TANF
- income and income frequency
- signature of the adult member of the household
- last four digits of the adult’s Social Security number (If no Social Security number is available, indicate that before submitting the application.)
All FBISD students will also receive a Free and Reduced-Price School Meals Application for 2014-2015 on August 25, the first day of school, to take home to their parents/guardians. Completed applications, one per household, should be returned to the child’s school or the FBISD Child Nutrition Department. If you complete an Online Application, you do not have to complete the printed application that is given to your child on the first day of school.
The Child Nutrition Department is also excited about the continued use of the Point Of Sale computer system in all FBISD school cafeterias. The computer system allows the Child Nutrition Department to simplify and maintain more accurate records of meals served to students and District employees. It also assists in maintaining records on nutrient analysis of meals planned and prepared food purchases, inventory, labor hours, and bidding practices.
The computer system allows every FBISD student and employee to have a Personal Account Identification Number (PIN) consisting of six digits. Money can be placed on the account and, as meals or A La Carte items are purchased, the system will debit the account. No cash transactions are needed as long as money remains in the account. All students, regardless of their meal status (Paid, Reduced-Priced or Free), will have a PIN number that will be activated at their campus.
Payments on Accounts
All FBISD cafeteria managers will be available to accept prepayments to individual student accounts on Monday, August 18; Tuesday, August 19; and Wednesday, August 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Students who accompany their parents/guardians may also visit with the cafeteria manager and verify their PIN numbers. New students should visit their school’s registrar to obtain their PIN number. All students will receive their PIN numbers from their printed student locator card/class schedule when school begins. The number will remain theirs throughout their stay in FBISD and will not change from year to year.
As with the previous school year, families will also have the option of pre-paying for their students’ meal accounts online through RevTrak. This convenient service allows a parent/guardian to place money on their students’ account any time of the day or night. The student ID number is required for all transactions. There is a small convenience fee each time a payment is made online. Access to this service can be made from any computer with internet access at http://fortbendisd.revtrak.net.
For more detailed information regarding the Free and Reduced-Price School Meals program, visit the FBISD Child Nutrition Department website or call 281-634-1855.