Free-Reduced Lunches


 

ENFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS NUTRITION SERVICES

  

PUBLIC PRESS RELEASE 

Enfield Public Schools today announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs or free milk served under the Special Milk Program.          

Local school officials have adopted the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility.

The following income guidelines will be used in Connecticut from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015 for determining eligibility of participants for free and reduced price meals and free milk in the Child Nutrition Programs.

                         FREE MEALS/MILK                          REDUCED PRICE MEALS

Number in Family

Annual Gross Income

Monthly Gross Income

Twice

Per Month Gross Income

Every Two Weeks Gross Income

Weekly Gross Income

Number in Family

Annual Gross Income

Monthly Gross Income

Twice Per Month Gross Income

Every Two Weeks Gross Income

Weekly Gross Income

1

$15,171

$1,265

$633

$584

$292

1

$21,590

$1,800

$900

$831

$416

2

20,449

1,705

853

787

394

2

29,101

2,426

1,213

1,120

560

3

25,727

2,144

1,072

990

495

3

36,612

3,051

1,526

1,409

705

4

31,005

2,584

1,292

1,193

597

4

44,123

3,677

1,839

1,698

849

5

36,283

3,024

1,512

1,396

698

5

51,634

4,303

2,152

1,986

993

6

41,561

3,464

1,732

1,599

800

6

59,145

4,929

2,465

2,275

1,138

7

46,839

3,904

1,952

1,802

901

7

66,656

5,555

2,778

2,564

1,282

8

52,117

4,344

2,172

2,005

1,003

8

74,167

6,181

3,091

2,853

1,427

Each Add'l Family Member

+5,278

+ 440

+220

+ 203

+102

Each Add'l Family Member

+ 7,511

+ 626

+313

+ 289

+ 145


  
To determine annual income:               If income is received:            Multiply by:

                                                                          Weekly                            52
                                                         
Every Two Weeks                            26
                                                            
Twice Per Month                           24 
                                                                          
Monthly                           12
                                                                 
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk. Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office at each school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purposes of determining eligibility and for administration and enforcement of the lunch, breakfast and milk programs. Note that the district MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules. This information may also be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

No application is required if the district directly certifies a child based on a household member receiving assistance from:

·        The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or

·        Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) program.

All children in these households are eligible for free meal benefits. If any child(ren) was not listed on the eligibility notice, the household should contact the district or school to have free meal benefits extended to that child(ren).

Households receiving SNAP benefits or TFA for their children should only submit an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by September 2, 2014. If a child is not directly certified, the household should complete a free and reduced price meal application form. The application for the SNAP or TFA households require the name of the person in the household receiving the SNAP or TFA benefits and their case number. The signature of an adult household member is also required. Households receiving assistance under the SNAP/TFA programs will be notified of their eligibility and their children will be provided free benefits unless the household notifies the school that it chooses to decline benefits.

When known to the district/school, households will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is Other Source Categorically Eligible because the child is categorized as either:  Homeless; runaway as defined by law; or enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class as defined by law.

For any child not listed on the eligibility notice, the households should contact the district or school about any child also eligible under one of these programs or should submit an income application for other children.

If households/children receive benefits under Assistance Programs or other source programs are not notified by the district/school of their free meal benefits, the parent/guardian should contact their school.   Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the LEA or school if it chooses to decline the free meal benefits.

Application forms for all other households require a statement of total household income, household size and names of all household members. The last four digits of the social security number of an adult household member must be included or a statement that the household member does not have one. The adult household member must also sign the application certifying that the information provided is correct.

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are eligible for free meals. A foster parent does not have to complete a free/reduced meal application if they can submit a copy of the legal document or legal court order showing that the child is a foster child. Additionally, a foster child is categorically eligible for free meals and may be included as a member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits. Note however, that a foster child’s free eligibility does not automatically extend to all students in the household.

Under the provisions of the policy for determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals, the   

Nutrition Services Office will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official, he/she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.

If he/she wishes to make a formal appeal, a request either orally or in writing, may be made to the Cindy Stamm, Director of Pupil Services, 27 Shaker Road, Enfield, CT 06082 or by calling 860-253-6518 for a hearing to appeal the decision. 

The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure. Each school and the central office of the school district has a copy of the policy which may be reviewed by an interested party.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes at any time, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for reduced price meals, free meals, or free milk, if the family income falls at or below the levels shown above.

This is the Public Release we will be sent on August 21, 2014 to the following news media outlets the local unemployment office, major employers contemplating layoffs, etc.

1.  Journal Inquirer     2.  Hartford Courant   3.  Reminder News    4.  Enfield Press

 
Posted:  08-21-14