The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School
District earlier this week announced its policy for providing free and
reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch
Program and School Breakfast Program.
Each school and/or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.
household size and income criteria identified below will be used to
determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal
benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the
levels shown here are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
who receive CalFRESH, (formerly known as Food Stamps California Work
Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship
Assistance Payments (Kin-GAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian
Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible for free meals
regardless of the income of the household in which they reside.
Eligibility for a foster child is based on a separate application and
solely on the amount of the child's “personal use” income.
Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price
Meals in Child Nutrition Programs
(Effective from July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014)
forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing
them of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for enrolled
Applications are also available at the principal's office in
To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits,
households must complete an application and return it to the school for
Applications may be submitted at any time during the school
The information households provide on the application will be used
to determine meal eligibility and may be verified at any time during
the school year by school or program officials.
for school officials to determine eligibility for free and
reduced-price benefits are as follows: For households receiving CalFRESH
(formerly known as Food Stamps), CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR benefits –
applications need only include the enrolled child(ren)'s name, Food
Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number, and the signature of an
adult household member. For households who do not list a CalFRESH,
CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number, the application must include
the names of all household members, the amount and source of the income
received by each household member, and the signature and corresponding
Social Security number of an adult household member.
If the household
member who signs the application does not have a Social Security number,
the household member must indicate on the application that a Social
Security number is not available.
the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the
determining official(s), as designated by the sponsor/agency, shall
review applications and determine eligibility.
Parents or guardians
dissatisfied with the eligibility ruling may discuss the decision with
the determining official on an informal basis.
Parents may also make a
formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so
orally or in writing with the sponsor/agency’s hearing official.
or guardians should contact their child(ren)’s school(s) for specific
information regarding the name of the determining official and/or
hearing official for a specific school, agency, or district.
a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size
increases, the household should contact the school.
Such changes may
make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the
household's income falls at or below the levels shown above.
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