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Paperwork Hurdles Left Behind as Texas School District Streamlines Meal Application Processing

Vivianne Lasala remembers when meeting the 10-day deadline for processing meal applications often meant chasing down parents for a bit of last-minute information missing from their paper forms. Among her other duties, the child nutrition accountant for the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District had to ensure that no box was overlooked as school nutrition officials raced against the clock to get all the applications for the free and reduced meal program completed. “We used to send the paper applications back because the parent or guardian would forget a significant date or income,” Lasala said. Today, the district uses RocketScan software and an...

RocketScan a “Godsend” for Busy Texas School District

Before RocketScan, food services employees in the Joshua Independent School District in Texas were bogged down with student applications for the National School Lunch Program, which provides free and reduced-price lunches for low-income students. “It saves us days. It’s unbelievable.” – Melissa Colvin, food services secretary Schools have to ensure that the applications are completed and processed within 10 business days at the beginning of each school year – a cumbersome and error-prone process when dealing with paper. “It was really busy because there were stacks and stacks of paper applications,” said Melissa Colvin, food services secretary for the district. “It...

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