Wayne Arc-Roosevelt Children’s Center recently announced a free and reduced price meal policy for preschool children attending their program in 2017-18.
Families who meet the income eligibility requirements can receive free or reduced price meals or free milk.
Households that currently include children who receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, but who are not found during the Direct Certification Matching Process, or households that currently receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations must complete an application listing the child’s name; a valid SNAP, TANF or FDPIR case number; and the signature of an adult household member.
Eligibility for free meal benefits based on participation in SNAP, TANF or FDPIR is extended to all children in the household. When known to the School Food Authority, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals based on their participation in the SNAP, TANF or the FDPIR programs.
When known to SFA, households will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals based on the individual child’s designation as other source categorically eligible, as defined by law. Children are determined other source categorically eligible if they are homeless, migrant, runaway, a foster child or enrolled in Head Start or an eligible prekindergarten program.
If children or households receive benefits under assistance programs or other source categorically eligible programs and are not listed on the notice of eligibility and are not notified by SFA of their free meal benefits, the parent or guardian should contact the school or should submit an income application.
Households with income the same or below the amounts listed for family size may be eligible for and are urged to apply for free and/or reduced price meals. They may do so by completing the application sent home with the letter to parents. One application for all children in the household should be submitted.
Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. Applications may be submitted any time during the school year to Kathy Brooks.
Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact SFA if they choose to decline the free meal benefits. Households may apply for benefits at any time throughout the school year. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed or experience a financial hardship mid-year may become eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk at any point during the school year.
The information provided on the application will be confidential and used for determining eligibility. The names and eligibility status of participants may also be used for the federal education fund allocations. Eligibility information may also be released to programs authorized by the National School Lunch Act or the Child Nutrition Act. The release of any information to any program or entity not specifically authorized by the NSLA will require a written consent statement from the parent or guardian.
SFA does have the right to verify at any time during the school year the information on the application. If a parent does not give the school this information, the applicants can no longer receive free or reduced meals.
Foster children are eligible for these benefits. Foster children may be listed on the application as a member of the family where they reside. Applications must include the foster child’s name and personal use income.
Under the provisions of the policy, the designated official will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the designated official, they may make a request either orally or in writing for a hearing to appeal the decision.
Lynne Ward, program director, has been designated as the hearing official. Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy; however, prior to initiating the hearing procedure, the parent or SFA may request a conference to provide an opportunity for the parent and official to discuss the situation, present information and obtain an explanation of the data submitted in the application or the decisions rendered.
The request for a conference shall not in any way prejudice or diminish the right to a fair hearing.
Only complete applications can be approved. The parent or guardian must sign the application form, certifying the information is true and correct.