Round Rock ISD will once again charge a fee for school lunches after federal funding that allowed all students to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost to parents was not renewed by Congress. (Brooke Sjoberg/Community Impact Newspaper)
Round Rock ISD will once again charge a fee for school lunches after federal funding that allowed all students to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost to parents was not renewed by Congress.
An Aug. 12 announcement from the district stated it will return to offering school lunches at a reduced rate or for free based on the income level or other needs of a student's family. Students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price lunch will see the following prices: $1.50 for breakfast, $2.80 for elementary school lunch and $3.05 for secondary school lunch. Students qualifying for reduced-price lunch will see $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for all lunches.
Households with multiple students in the district only need to complete one application, according to the district.
Families who receive assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families will automatically qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Other qualification criteria include family income level; program participation, such as Head Start; and student status. Additional information about eligibility for the program is available on the district's website. Applications for free and reduced-price lunch are completely confidential.
Brooke Sjoberg is the Round Rock reporter for the Round Rock and Pflugerville/Hutto editions of Community Impact Newspaper. She worked for The Gonzales Inquirer, The Daily Texan and The Daily Dot among other publications before coming to Community Impact. Brooke is from Seguin, TX and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2020. Her last name is pronounced Show-burg.