2017-2018

South Kitsap School District

Online Free and Reduced Application

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National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program

2017-18 Letter to Households (Public Schools) 

Dear Parent/Guardian:

This letter tells how your children can get free or reduced-price meals, as well as information on other benefits.  The cost of school meals is shown below.

Breakfast will be served at no cost to those children who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. Lunches will be served at no cost to children who qualify for free meals and to those who qualify for reduced-price meals in kindergarten through 3rd grade.  All other students (preschool and 4th – 12th grades) will be charged the rates shown below.

 

 

Grade Level

Regular

Reduced-Price

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

Breakfast

Lunch

Snack

   

Elementary

$ 1.55

$ 2.75

$      

$ 0

$ 0

$ .40

$      

K-3

$ 1.55

$ 2.75

$      

$ 0

$      

$      

Secondary

$ 1.80     

$ 3.00     

$      

$      

$      

$ .40  

$      

 

WHO SHOULD FILL OUT AN APPLICATION?

 

Fill out the application if:

  • Total household income is the SAME or LESS than the amount on the chart
  • You receive Basic Food, take part in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for your children
  • You are applying for foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court

 

Turn in the application to the Café at your child’s school or the Food & Nutrition Services office.  Be sure to submit ONLY ONE application per household. We will notify you if the application is approved or denied. If any child you are applying for is homeless (McKinney-Vento), or migrant, check the appropriate box.

 

WHAT COUNTS AS INCOME? WHO IS CONSIDERED A MEMBER OF MY HOUSEHOLD?

 

Look at the income chart below. Find your household size. Find your total household income. If members in the household are paid at different times during the month and you are unsure if your household is eligible, fill out an application and we will determine your income eligibility for you. The information you give will be used to determine your child's eligibility for free or reduced-price meals.

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of personal use income. If you have questions about applying for meal benefits for foster children, please contact us at (360)443-3664       .

 

INCOME CHART

Effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30th 2018

Household size Annual Monthly Twice per Month Every Two Weeks Weekly
1 $22,311 $1,860 $930 $859 $430
2 $30,044 $2,504 $1,252 $1,156 $578
3 $37,777 $3.149 $1,575 $1,453 $727
4 $45,510 $3,793 $1,897 $1,751 $876
5 $53,243 $4,437 $2,219 $2,048 $1,024
6 $60,976 $5,082 $2,541 $2,346 $1,173
7 $68,709 $5,726 $2,863 $2,643 $1,322
8 $76,422 $6,371 $3,186 $2,941 $1,471
Each additional person: +$7,733 +$645 +$323 +$298 +$149

HOUSEHOLD is defined as all persons, including parents, children, grandparents, and all people related or unrelated who live in your home and share living expenses. If applying for a household with a foster child, you may include the foster child in the total household size.

HOUSEHOLD INCOME is considered to be the income each household member received before taxes. This includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income. If including a foster child as part of the household, you must also include the foster child’s personal income. Do not report foster payments as income.

 

WHAT MUST BE ON THE APPLICATION?

 

A. For households not getting any assistance:

•   Student’s name

•   Names of all household members

•   Income by source for all household members

•   Adult household member's signature

•   Last 4 digits of social security number of the adult household member who signs the application, (or if the adult signing does not have a social security number, check the associated box). 

Complete Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Part(s) 6 (and 7) are optional. 

C. For a family getting Basic Food/TANF/FDPIR:

  • List all student names
  • Enter a case number
  • Adult household member's signature

Complete Parts 1,2, 4 and 5. Part(s) 6 (and &) are optional.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

                 

B. For a household with only foster child(ren):

•    Student’s name

•    Adult household member's signature

 

Complete Parts 1 and 5. Part(s) 6 (and 7) are optional. You may also send the school a copy of the court documentation showing the foster child(ren) was placed with you instead of filling out an application form.

Last 4 digits of SSN are not required for B. 

D. For household with a foster child(ren) and other children:

Apply as a household and include foster children. Follow the

directions for “A. Households not getting any assistance” and include the foster child’s personal use income.

Last 4 digits are not required for D

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT IF I’M NOT RECEIVING BASIC FOOD DOLLARS?

If you have been approved for Basic Food but do not actually receive Basic Food dollars, you must apply for free and reduced-price meal benefits by filling out a meal application and returning it to your child’s school.

 

DO MY CHILDREN AUTOMATICALLY QUALIFY IF THEY HAVE A CASE NUMBER?

Yes. Children on TANF or Basic Food may get free meals without the household having to complete an application. These children are identified by the school using a data matching process. This matched list is then made available to your child’s school food service staff. The students on this list get free meals if their schools have the free and reduced-price breakfast and/or lunch program (not all schools do). Please contact us immediately if you feel your children should be receiving free meals and are not. If you do not want your child to participate in the free meal programs using this method, please notify the school.

 

IF ANYONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD HAS A CASE NUMBER, WILL ALL CHILDREN QUALIFY FOR FREE MEALS?

Yes. If someone else in the household has a case number, other than a student or a foster child, you must fill out an application and send it to your student’s school. Please contact us immediately if you feel other children in your household should be receiving free meals and are not.

 

BASIC FOOD – CAN I QUALIFY FOR ASSISTANCE IN BUYING FOOD?

Basic Food is the state’s food stamp program. It helps households make ends meet by providing monthly benefits to buy food. Getting Basic Food is easy! You can apply in person at the local DSHS Community Service Office, by mail, or online. There are other benefits too. You can learn about Basic Food by calling 1-877-501-2233 or by logging on to Food Help http://www.foodhelp.wa.gov/basic_food.htm.

 

WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?

Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income. 

MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?

                                                                         

Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.

 

WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?

                                                                                               

Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

 

HEALTH COVERAGE

 

To inquire about or apply for health care coverage for kids in your family, please visit Washington Health Plan Finder http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org or you may call Washington Health Plan Finder at 1-855-923-4633.

 

WHAT IF MY CHILD NEEDS SPECIAL FOODS?

If your child needs special foods, contact the school/district food service office.

 

PROOF OF ELIGIBILITY

 

The information you provide may be verified at any time. You may be asked to send additional information to prove your child is eligible to receive free and reduced-price meals.

 

FAIR HEARING

 

If you do not agree with the decision on your child's application or the process used to prove income eligibility, you may talk with

Ariane Shanley, Director, the fair hearing official. You have the right to a fair hearing which may be arranged by calling the school/school district at this number (360)443-3664.

 

REAPPLICATION

 

You may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If you should have a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or become unemployed, or receive Basic Food, TANF, or FDPIR, you may be eligible for benefits and may fill out an application at that time.

 

NONDISCRIMINATION

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not submit all needed information, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the primary wage earner or other adult household member who signs the application. The social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We 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.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.