Press-Republican

August 25, 2013

Guidelines set for free, reduced-price school lunches


Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — Applications for free or reduced-priced school lunches are now available to families in the North Country.

The eligibility requirements are the same for every school. They are:

FREE MEALS

A family is eligible for free meals if they meet the following yearly income requirement:

$14,937 or less for a household of one.

$20,163 or less for a household of two.

$25,389 or less for a household of three.

$30,615 or less for a household of four.

$35,841 or less for a household of five.

$41,067 or less for a household of six.

$46,293 or less for a household of seven.

$51,519 or less for a household of eight.

REDUCED PRICE

For students to be eligible to receive school meals at a reduced price, the family must meet the following yearly income criteria:

$21,257 or less for a household of one.

$28,694 or less for a household of two.

$36,131 or less for a household of three.

$43,568 or less for a family of four.

$51,005 or less for a household of five.

$58,442 or less for a family of six.

$65,879 or less for a household of seven.

$73,316 or less for a household of eight.

TO SIGN UP

Application forms for the lunch program have been sent to households. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school in the North Country and may be submitted at any time during the school year to the building principal.

Information provided on the application will be confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility.

The school district does have the right to verify at any time during the school year the information on the application. If a parent does not give the school this information, the child will no longer be able to receive free or reduced-price meals.

Under the provisions of the policy, a designated official will review applications and determine eligibility.

Parents who are dissatisfied with the ruling may make a request, either orally or in writing, for a hearing to appeal the decision to the appointed hearing officer at each school.

Households that include children who receive SNAP or Aid to Dependent Children/Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations must complete an application listing the child’s name; a SNAP, TANF or FDPIR number; the names of all household members; the Social Security number of the person who signs the form or an indication that the adult does not have one; and the amount of sources of income received by each household member.

The parent or guardian must also sign the application form, certifying the information is correct.

Only complete applications can be approved.

A complete copy of the free and reduced-price meal policy is on file at each school, where it may be reviewed by anyone who is interested.