LAPS Announces Hot Lunch Program Details

LAPS News:

Los Alamos Public Schools today announced that it will begin taking applications for free and reduced­ price meals for elementary students served under the National School Lunch Program.

An application will be sent home with each elementary school student during the first few days of the school year.

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for 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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Assistance, 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 July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016

Application forms are being distributed to ali households with a letter informing them of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for enrolied 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 SNAP, or FDPIR or TANF benefits -applications need only include the enrolled child(ren)’s name, SNAP, or FDPIR case number, and the Signature of an adult household member.

For households who do not list a SNAP, or FDPIR or TANF case number, the application must include the names of ali 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.

Households that receive SNAP, or FDPIR or TANF benefits may not have to complete an Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals or Free Milk. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from Human Services Department HSD or FDPIR office that a child is a member of a household currently receiving benefits. School officials will notify households of their eligibility, but those who do not want their child(ren) to receive free meals must contact the school. SNAP, FDPIR and TANF: households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by Aug. 28.

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