|Re-1J schools’ free and reduced meal eligibility announced|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Holyoke School District recently 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. Local school officials will use the following size and income criteria for determining eligibility:
For each additional family member add $5,148 to yearly income for free meals and $7,326 to yearly income for reduced meal price eligibility.
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents. Additional copies are available in each school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data.
Applications from families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) need only to list the children’s names, name of the person receiving the program benefits, respective case number and the signature of an adult household member.
All other 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 in a month, the source and frequency of pay, the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of that adult’s 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.
Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income. If a family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for meals, they should complete the application using the instructions for households that have foster and non-foster children residing in the home.
Under the provision of the policy, Sharon Thompson, business manager, 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 Bret Miles, Superintendent, 435 S. Morlan, Holyoke, CO 80734 for a hearing to appeal the decision. The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.
Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. Those who 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, may fill out an application at that time.
Each school has a copy of the complete policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.
Holyoke Enterprise Aug. 2, 2012