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Elementary School - $1.55
Middle and High School - $1.55
Faculty/Visitor - $2.00
Reduced Price Elementary & Secondary - $0.30
Elementary School - $2.75
Middle and High School - $3.00
Faculty/Visitor - $3.60
Reduced Elementary & Secondary - $0.40
Helping your child eat right may be easier than you think. Free and reduced-price school meals like breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided to students whose families meet certain income requirements. Apply today to ensure that your child has a healthy meal at school every day. It helps them perform better and saves you money.
Not sure of your child's eligibility? Income eligibility guidelines are available online for each school year to help you determine eligibility based on your household size and income level. There are no restrictions based on immigration status. Visit https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/08/2018-09679/child-nutrition-programs-income-eligibility-guidelines for details.
Risk Free Application
Information collected in the application is confidential and will be used only for evaluating the eligibility of students for free or reduced-price school meals.
How do I apply? It's easy!
Visit www.mealSense.org/unicorn for more information. You may apply online here or if needed, you may pick up an application at the Child Nutrition office at 566 Butcher Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130. Paper applications will need to be returned to the Child Nutrition office at 566 Butcher Street, New Braunfels, TX 78130.
A student who has a negative account balance may charge up to $9.00 for full paid eligibility and up to $2.00 for reduced eligibility status. After the designated dollar amount has been reached, a student will be provided an alternative meal. An alternative meal will consist of a cheese sandwich and a choice of side items to be in compliance with USDA regulations in “Offer vs. Serve.” Faculty and visitors are not allowed to charge on their meal account. Charging of a la cart items is not allowed in both Elementary and Secondary campuses.
Students and/or parents can pay their charges through MySchoolBucks for online payments, cash that has student name and student ID number attached, or check that is made out to NBISD Child Nutrition Department with the student name and student ID number noted on the check.
With parent permission, students who are low on funds in their lunch account, can use a sibling’s account if they attend the same campus to help pay for meals.
The Child Nutrition office will send a Parent Letter to every household to communicate the Charging Policy at the beginning of the school year. The Charging Policy will be posted on the Child Nutrition Services webpage.
The campus Child Nutrition Manager will send Negative Balance notices weekly to students who have negative balances; this will be included in the daily or weekly mail that goes home to all students. The campus Child Nutrition Manager will make phone contact with parents weekly if negative balances are not being paid.
The cashier at the Point of Sale is responsible for informing students if they are getting close to reaching the charging limit amount and will do so without overtly identifying the student. The cashier at the Point of Sale is responsible for ensuring compliance to the NBISD Charging Policy. The cashier cannot refuse a meal to a student on the free meal program even if any charges have accrued on their account. If a child has money to purchase a meal, the cashier cannot force a student to pay unpaid charges in place of the day of meal.
If a student moves/leave a campus and/or graduates, the Child Nutrition Office will contact home to notify if there is a remaining positive balance. Students on the reduced meal program must be provided a refund if the student is not returning to New Braunfels ISD. The Child Nutrition Office can encourage households with excess funds to donate their remaining positive balance to help pay off unpaid meal charges with their permission.
The Child Nutrition Office will work with families to develop a payment plan to pay back the unpaid meal charges.
The Child Nutrition Office will continue to make efforts to collect unpaid meal charges once a school year ends to be considered delinquent debt. Any unpaid meal charges that are uncollected will be considered bad debt and must be written off through other means than the Child Nutrition funds. Unpaid meal charges can be paid by:
Recording Keeping: the Child Nutrition Office will keep records of efforts made to communicate the Charging Policy to all households. The campus Child Nutrition Manager will maintain records of efforts made to contact parents. The Child Nutrition Office will maintain the following records if delinquent debt or bad debt occurs:
Where can I find menus?
You may find menus at http://www.nbisd.org/page/nutr.menus.
What does a full meal include?
Breakfast menus offer a variety of entree, fruit and milk selections daily and when
offered a choice students must take at least ½ cup fruit and 2 other items to make a meal.
Lunch menus include entrée choices ranging from hot feature items, grill
favorites, hearty salads, and sandwiches that provide meat/meat alternates and
grains plus milk, fruits and vegetable sides. Of the 5 components offered, students MUST take at least 1/2 cup of fruit OR vegetable and a minimum of 2 other foods for a reimbursable meal when a choice is offered.
Is NBISD a peanut free school district?
Yes, the food served is peanut free and prepared in a peanut-free environment. We understand and are sensitive to allergies that students have today. We take great precaution with students who have allergies. If your child has specific allergies, please contact your campus nurse or the Child Nutrition office 830-627-6745.
Is breakfast available for my child?
Yes, breakfast is available at all NBISD campuses. Please visit http://www.nbisd.org/page/nutr.menus for menus.
Can I pay for my child’s lunch online?
Money can be added to your child’s account at any time by sending cash or a check made out to “NBISD Food Service Program” in an envelope. Your child should give this envelope to the lunch cashier before school.
Remember, the envelope should be clearly marked “Lunch Program” with the child’s name, amount, teacher’s room, and parent contact information in the event of any questions. If the payment is for more than one student in the same campus, indicate how the money should be split (for example, Johnny = $10.00 and Sally=$15.00).
Payment can be made in any amount to best suit a family’s budget. We cannot split payments for siblings or students that attend different campuses.
Payment can also be made online at www.myschoolbucks.com. More information is available on our Web site under “Parents”. Your child can also pay on a daily basis.
How can I find out what my balance is in my child’s account and his or her
The easiest way is to create an account with myschoolbucks.com. Your child’s
purchase history is available one day after the account has been created This site will even enable you set “low balance reminders” that will generate an email to you when your child’s account falls below your preset amount. Or you can contact the Child Nutrition office at 830-627-6743 or your child’s specific campus cafeteria.
What happens if my child forgets his or her lunch?
If your son or daughter happens to forget their lunch from home, they may
choose from the meal plan and you will subsequently be charged.
My family qualified for free/reduced-priced meals last year. Do I need to do
anything for this school year?
Yes, every year a new application needs to be completed. Students are grandfathered in from last year for the first 30 calendar days of the school year. To avoid disruption in your child’s status, a new application must be received by the Child Nutrition office by 10/4/2017. For more information please visit our Free/Reduced Meal Program page.
Director of Child Nutrition
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