Media Release 2016-17 Free & Reduced Lunches
Posted On:
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE – SY 2016-17

FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS

 

MELBOURNE SCHOOL DISTRICT today announces its policy for providing free and reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, and/or School Breakfast Program. Melbourne Elementary and Melbourne High School have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. The price charged for a paid student breakfast is 1.50 the price charged for a paid student lunch is 2.55.

 

HOUSEHOLD APPLICATIONS

 

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits for SY 2016-17. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

 

 

FREE MEALS – 130%

REDUCED PRICE MEALS – 185%

Household Size

Federal Poverty Guidelines

Annual

Monthly

Twice per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

Annual

Monthly

Twice

per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

11,880

15,444

1,287

644

594

297

21,978

1,832

916

846

423

2

16,020

20,826

1,736

868

801

401

29,637

2,470

1,235

1,140

570

3

20,160

26,208

2,184

1,092

1,008

504

37,296

3,108

1,554

1,435

718

4

24,300

31,590

2,633

1,317

1,215

608

44,955

3,747

1,874

1,730

865

5

28,440

36,972

3,081

1,541

1,422

711

52,614

4,385

2,193

2,024

1,012

6

32,580

42,354

3,530

1,765

1,629

815

60,273

5,023

2,512

2,319

1,160

7

36,730

47,749

3,980

1,990

1,837

919

67,951

5,663

2,832

2,614

1,307

8

40,890

53,157

4,430

2,215

2,045

1,023

75,647

6,304

3,152

2,910

1,455

Each   Add’l person add

4,160

5,408

451

226

208

104

7,696

642

321

296

148

 

Household application forms are being distributed by the school with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced price meals for their children. Applications are also available in the office at each school and on the schools website at http://bearkatz.k12.ar.us.   Only one application should be submitted for each household. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must complete the application and return it to the school or apply on line. Applications cannot be approved unless it contains complete information as described in the instructions provided with the application. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year as circumstances change. The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data.

 

Applications may be subject to verification at any time during the school year by school officials.

 

CATEGORICAL ELIGIBILITY

 

Children who are members of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, household are categorically eligible for free meals. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from the SNAP office. School officials will notify households of their eligibility. Households who are notified of their eligibility but who do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school. SNAP households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by August 30.

 

Households with children who are members of currently approved Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, formerly food stamps, may submit an application with abbreviated information as described in the application instructions.

 

Children who are enrolled in Head Start / Even Start programs are categorically eligible for free meals. Contact Norma Roberts at 870-368-4345 with questions regarding Head Start / Even Start meal benefits.

 

Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway by the district are categorically eligible for free meals. Contact Norma Robertsat 870-368-4345 with questions regarding migrant, homeless or runaway meal benefits.

 

Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court are also eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Eligibility for the foster child is based on the child being the legal responsibility of welfare agency or court.  An application for a household that includes both foster children and non-foster must be completed for eligibility to be determined for the non-foster children. Contact Norma Roberts at 870-368-4345 with questions regarding foster children.

 

Children in households that receive WIC may be eligible for benefits. An application must be completed for determination of eligibility.

 

If a household member becomes unemployed during the school year, the household may be eligible for free or reduced price meals PROVIDED that the loss of income causes the household income to be within the eligibility criteria. An application should be completed for determination of eligibility benefits. Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy Rachael Edwards, Aulanda Mcfarland, and Norma Roberts will review applications and determine eligibility. 870-368-4500.

 

Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either to:

 

DENNIS SUBLETT                                                                                                        870-368-4500

Hearing Official                                                                                                          Phone Number

 

A household may SUBMIT an application ANYTIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.

 

 

Nondiscrimination Statement:

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: 202-690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.         

 

 

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