School District publishes policies for free, reduced meals

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Cabot School District policies for free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch Program, Afterschool Snack Program, and School Breakfast Program have been published. A copy of the policies is at each school and the central office for review by anyone.

2013-14SY Meal Prices

Elementary Breakfast (K-6) $1.25; Secondary Breakfast (7-12) $1.25; Reduced Breakfast (K-12) $.30; Elementary Lunch (K-6) $2.00; Secondary Lunch (7-12) $2.20; Reduced Lunch (K-12) $.40.

The household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits.

The school district is distributing household application forms with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced price meals for their children. Only one application should be submitted for each household. Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school; completed applications must be returned to the school.

Applications cannot be approved without the income information described in the seven instructions in the application.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year as circumstances change.

The information households provide will be used to determine eligibility and verification of data.

Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials.

Children who are members of a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, household are eligible for free meals. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals using information from the SNAP office. School officials will notify households of their eligibility; eligible households that do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school.

SNAP households not notified of eligibility should complete an application by Aug. 13, 2013. Households with children receiving SNAP benefits may submit applications according to the application instructions. Children who are enrolled in Head Start/Even Start programs are eligible for free meals.

Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court are also eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Households that include foster and non-foster children must complete an application for the non-foster children.

Contact Louise Murphy at 501-843-3363 EXT: 1015 with questions regarding foster children, Head Start/Even Start, migrant, homeless or runaway meal benefits.

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