Santa Monica-Malibu Schools To Provide Free, Reduced-Price Meals

Saturday, 10 Aug 2013, 9:24:00 AM

Mirror Staff

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.

The

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.

Children

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)

Application

forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing

them of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for enrolled

children.

Applications are also available at the principal's office in

each school.

To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits,

households must complete an application and return it to the school for

processing.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the school

year.

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.

Requirements

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.

Under

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.

Parents

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.

If

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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