Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Denton ISD encourages kids of furloughed workers to apply for free lunch

Denton ISD students whose parent(s) are furloughed federal employees may be eligible for free or reduced meals.

Denton ISD’s Child Nutrition Department is encouraging households that experience a change in economic circumstances, such as due to the federal government furlough, to apply for free and reduced meal benefits. Furloughed employees or employees required to work without pay qualify as a change in economic circumstance, according to a district news release.

“Affected parents can apply online and it’s easy as well as confidential,” said Chris Bomberger, director of child nutrition and benefits. “When economic circumstances drastically change it can be worrisome, but knowing that their student will receive hot meals, fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day may help ease a parent’s worry.”

Students who are eligible to receive free and reduced meal benefits at school may do so until the end of the school year. Only one application per household is required and applications can be submitted at any time during the school year, according to the district.

Apply online at or from the School Cafe app. Paper applications are available on each campus, or stop by the Giese Support Services Building, 1301 North Elm, Denton. Walk-ins are welcome,and no appointment is necessary.

Mark Smith
Mark Smith is the Digital Editor of The Cross Timbers Gazette.

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