Re-1 sets reduced price meals policy
Roaring Fork School District has announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Application forms are being provided to all homes with a letter to parents. Only one application is required for all children in the household. Additional copies are available in each school.
Households that would qualify based upon income must show the names of all household members related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends), the amount of gross income each person receives, the frequency and source of pay, the signature of an adult household member, and the last four digits of that adult’s Social Security number — or check the box if the adult does not have a Social Security number. The information on the application may be verified by the school or other program officials at any time during the school year.
An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions. When known to the school district, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving assistance from SNAP or FDPIR. If the household receives such a notice, no application is required for free meal benefits. If any children in the household were not listed on the eligibility notice, the household should contact the district to have benefits extended to that child(ren).
When known to the school district, households will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is categorized as homeless, migrant, or runaway or is enrolled in an eligible Head Start or Even Start program. For any child not listed on the eligibility notice, the household should contact the district about any child also eligible under one of these programs or should submit an application for other children.
Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the district if they choose to decline meal benefits.
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Contact your school for more information.
Under the provision of the Policy, Michelle Hammond will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the decision, a request may be made to discuss it with the determining official. A formal appeal may be made either orally or in writing to Shannon Pelland for a hearing to appeal the decision. The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.
Each school has a copy of the complete policy which may be reviewed by any interested party. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or become eligible for SNAP or FDPIR benefits, you may fill out an application at that time.
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