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Free or Reduced Price Meals

Free/Reduced Price Meals

All families may apply for lunch and/or breakfast meals at a free or reduced price by completing a meal application form. Eligibility for free and reduced priced meals is determined by comparing the total household income to the Federal Income Scale and by the total household members. In addition, families that receive Food Stamps, California Work Opportunity Responsibility to Kits (CAlWORKS) are already eligible for free meals and need to provide the student’s case number on the meal application. A foster child who is the legal responsibility of the welfare agency or court also may be eligible for free or reduced meals. Eligible students may receive meals free or at a reduced price of $.40 cents for lunch.   

 

If you have not received a meal program application, you may pick one up at your child's school.    

 

Guidelines for Meal Program Applications  

A free or reduced price meal application sample form is included in this Parent/Guardian Guide so you will know what information is required. Applications must be renewed annually. Families eligible for meals from the previous year may participate in the following school year, but will become ineligible after 30 school days from the first day of school. Please remember to promptly re-apply every year to avoid a delay in approval for your child. Only one application per household is required and parents/guardians with more than one student may return the application to any one of the schools their children attend. Applications will not be approved without complete eligibility information. If you have any questions, please call us at (510) 818-4281. Please allow 10 days for the processing of your application.  

 

Your application must include the following information:

  1. Adult signature.
  2. Social Security Number (if not available, if you do not have one, check the No SSN box).
  3. List ALL adults living in the household.
  4. List all children living in the household. Include all children, those not attending school, and those with different last names.
  5. List every school that is attended by children in your household.  

Newark Unified School District’s Child Nutrition Services Department’s Cafeteria Fund exists to account separately for all expenditures in the cafeteria program at all schools. The Cafeteria Fund generates its revenue from the federal and state government, subsidizing free and reduced priced lunches as well as a minimal subsidy of paid lunches. In addition to government funding, revenue is derived from sales of lunches, ala Carte sales and snacks, and interest on deposits. It has been a longstanding position of the Board that the fund shall be self-supporting.

 

School Year 2016-2017

Free and Reduced-Price Meals

Newark Unified School District is announcing its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM and/or SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM.  Each school and/or the District/Agency’s Central Office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party on request.

 

Meal applications will be sent to all households with a letter informing parents or guardians of the availability of free and reduced-price meals.  To apply, complete one application for all children in the household and submit to the school for processing.  Additional copies are available at the school office or you may apply online at www.heartlandapps.com.  Households may submit an application at any time during the school year.  Information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school officials. 

 

Children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if their household income is less than or equal to the Income Eligibility Guidelines identified below, which will be used to determine eligibility for meals benefits.  These guidelines are effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

Free Eligibility Scale – Meals, Snacks, and Milk

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

$15,444

$1,287

$644

$594

$297

2

20,826

1,736

868

801

401

3

26,208

2,184

1,092

1,008

504

4

31,590

2,633

1,317

1,215

608

5

36,972

3,081

1,541

1,422

711

6

42,354

3,530

1,765

1,629

815

7

47,749

3,980

1,990

1,837

919

8

53,157

4,430

2,215

2,045

1,023

For each additional family member, add:

$5,408

$451

$226

$208

$104

Reduced-Price Eligibility Scale – Meals and Snacks

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

$21,978

$1,832

$916

$846

$423

2

29,637

2,470

1,235

1,140

570

3

37,296

3,108

1,554

1,435

718

4

44,955

3,747

1,874

1,730

865

5

52,614

4,385

2,193

2,024

1,012

6

60,273

5,023

2,512

2,319

1,160

7

67,951

5,663

2,832

2,614

1,307

8

75,647

6,304

3,152

2,910

1,455

For each additional family member, add:

$7,696

$642

$321

$296

$148

Newark Unified School District will notify the household of their children’s eligibility for free meals if any household member receives CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits. Households will also be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is categorized as foster, homeless, migrant, runaway, enrolled in an eligible Head Start, or enrolled in an eligible pre-kindergarten class. An Application is not required if a household receives the eligibility notice from school officials. Households should contact the school immediately regarding any child in the household not included on the eligibility notice. The household must notify school officials if they choose to decline meal benefits.

Households that did not receive the eligibility notice from school officials and would like to apply for meal benefits must submit a complete free and reduced-price application for Newark Unified School District to determine a child’s eligibility.

Households receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits must include the following on their meal application:

  1. Names of all enrolled children
  2. One case number from any household member
  3. Signature of an adult household member

 

Households with foster, homeless, migrant, or runaway children must include: 

  1. Names of all enrolled children
  2. Indication of individual child’s categorical eligibility status
  3. Signature of an adult household member

 

Households who may qualify for free or reduced-price meals based on income must include:

  1. Names of all household members (children and adults)
  2. Amount, frequency, and source of current income for each household member
  3. The last 4 digits of the Social Security number (SSN) of the adult household member who signs the application or check the box if the adult does not have a SSN
  4. Signature of an adult household member

 

Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member of a foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children in the household qualify for free or reduced-price meal benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for meal benefits, this does not prevent foster children from receiving free meal benefits.

Children in households participating in Women, Infants and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Contact school officials for further information or complete an application for processing.

Under the provisions of Newark Unified School District Free and Reduced-Price Meal Policy Statement, the designated determining official(s) will review meal Applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility determination may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents or guardians may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing with Mary Sayers. Contact the hearing official at 510-818-4288 for information regarding the hearing procedures.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make the household eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above.

For up to 30 operating days into the new school year, eligibility from the previous school year will continue within the same school/agency. When the carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children must pay full price for school meals and the school will not send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility.

Nondiscrimination Statement

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, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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 agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may 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 complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html 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                            (2) fax: (202) 690-7442   (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

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