ABILENE, Texas - For some families back-to-school time means school shopping and adjusting schedules, but for lower income families, this time can be stressful.
Sixty-eight percent of families in the Abilene Independent School District are on the free or reduced lunch program.
AISD's Director of Student Nutrition Jay Towell said they offer the program because some families just aren't able to afford the prices.
"Many families just don't have the means to really afford meals for their students, both breakfast and lunch," Towell said. "It's a difficult economy right now, some have taken jobs with lower incomes along the way and so their families need assistance."
On Saturday, AISD staff helped those families by making sure they knew how to apply for the meal benefit program, which is household size and income based.
"Each application is a family application, they must list all household members in that residence, they must list all income associated with each individual, regardless of its source," Towell said.
The objective is to keep students fed and focused to thrive in the classroom.
"Our goal is to feed every student in this district a healthy breakfast and a healthy lunch every single day, 177 days that we have instruction," Towell said.
Parents are able to sign up for the meal benefit program year round, but for those who do not have internet access, you can also pick up a paper application at your child's school.
For the application, click this link.