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Free and Reduced-Price Household Meal Applications Now Available

Land O’ Lakes—The District School Board of Pasco County is pleased to announce their free and reduced-price household meal application process for the 2012-2013 school year.  The National School Lunch Act states that households who are below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for free or reduced-priced meal benefits.  Households MUST complete a new Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application for the upcoming school year. 

Families can apply online by visiting the Food and Nutrition Services Department website at www.pasco.k12.fl.us/nutrition/free_reduced; or applications will be available on August 1, 2012 from any Pasco County school cafeteria or administration office, at student orientation, and throughout the school year.  A new household application MUST be submitted at the start of each new school year. 

 

2012-2013 Student Meal Prices

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Elementary

$1.25

$2.00

Secondary

$1.40

$2.50/$3.00

Reduced-Price

$0.30

$0.40

*Meal Prices are subject to change.

 

Last year’s meal eligibility status will expire after the first ten days of school on September 1, 2012.  A student who received free or reduced-price meal benefits in the 2011-2012 school year and has not submitted a new application and has not been approved by the expiration date will be required to pay full price for all meals.  Until a new 2012-2013 Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application is received and approved, including applications based on Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Foster Child(ren) parents must provide their child(ren) with money to pay for their child(ren)’s meals at the regular listed price or, parents can send a lunch from home for their child(ren). 

Households that receive Food Stamps or TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) are required to list only the child or children’s names, Food Stamp / TANF case number, and have a signature of an adult household member on the application.

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility.  Foster children may receive benefits based on the child’s personal income regardless of the income of the household.  Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaways should contact the District liaison at (813) 794-0608 for more information.

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household.  Households should include the names of the deployed service members on their application.  Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them on their behalf to the family.  Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income.

All other households must provide total household income prior to taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, and any other deductions, listed by amount received, type of income and how often the income is received.  Names of all household members must be listed.  A signature and last four digits of social security number (or mark the word “NONE” in the appropriate box) of an adult household member must be on the application to verify the information provided is correct.

Your eligibility may be checked at any time during the school year.  School officials may ask you to send records proving that your child should receive free or reduced-price meals.

All applications are reviewed and processed by the Food and Nutrition Services Department.  An application must contain complete eligibility information. Once the application is approved, a notification letter is sent to the family.  The approval for meal benefits is good for an entire school year; e.g. a status of free, reduced-price, or denied (full payment required).

If a parent, guardian or household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes the school should be contacted.   Such changes may make the student eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown in the chart.  Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year.

If you have any questions regarding the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application or the school food program, please contact Determining Official, Nicole Westmoreland at (813) 794-2438 or email nwestmor@pasco.k12.fl.us.  If you do not agree with the final decision made on the eligibility status of your Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application, you have the right to appeal.  To appeal, you must contact Richard P. Kurtz, Director of Food and Nutrition Services at (813) 794-2439 or 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34638.

“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, 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 adult household member who signs the application.  The last four digits of 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.”

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

*Guidelines are subject to change

FREE MEAL BENEFITS INCOME QUALIFICATIONS

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,521

1,211

606

559

280

2

19,669

1,640

820

757

379

3

24,817

2,069

1,035

955

478

4

29,965

2,498

1,249

1,153

577

5

35,113

2,927

1,464

1,351

676

6

40,261

3,356

1,678

1,549

775

7

45,409

3,785

1,893

1,747

847

8

50,557

4,214

2,107

1,945

973

Each additional family member, add

5,148

429

215

198

99

REDUCED-PRICE MEAL BENEFITS INCOME QUALIFICATIONS

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,665

1,723

862

795

398

2

27,991

2,333

1,167

1,077

539

3

35,317

2,944

1,472

1,359

680

4

42,643

3,554

1,777

1,641

821

5

49,969

4,165

2,083

1,922

961

6

57,295

4,775

2,388

2,204

1,102

7

64,621

5,386

2,693

2,486

1,243

8

71,947

5,996

2,998

2,768

1,384

Each additional family member, add

7,326

611

306

282

141

“In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.  To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice).  Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity pr

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Students Eat Farm Fresh Kumquats and Strawberries

“What is that and how do I eat it?” was the question asked by almost 600 Wesley Chapel Elementary students as they were greeted in the school cafeteria with a Farmer’s Market displaying baskets full of kumquats, strawberries, apples, blood oranges, bok Choy, beets, and other fresh fruits and vegetables. 

The Food and Nutrition Services Department for Pasco County Schools partnered with Fresh Point Produce and the Kumquat Growers of Dade City to offer students a taste of locally grown Dade City Kumquats and Plant City Strawberries as part of the district’s Farm 2 School Program. The food service staffed dressed as farmers and handed each student a sample cup containing a fresh kumquat and strawberry. 

The students’ facial expressions were priceless as they bit into their first kumquat.  Many didn’t realize they could eat the skin, so to help reduce the fear of the unknown, food service employees challenged the students to a “let’s do it together” race.  Students chanted “Just keep chewing, just keep chewing” as they experienced the inside out sweet and sour taste of fresh kumquats.

Students loved the bright red and juicy sweet strawberries, and many enjoyed the unique sweet and sour taste of the fresh kumquats. 

In February, the Food and Nutrition Services Department will feature fresh Plant City Strawberries on school menus in all Pasco County schools.

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In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Current meal prices

Reduced Price Breakfast: $0.30
Reduced Price Lunch: $0.40

Full Price Breakfast
Elementary: $1.25
Secondary: $1.40

Full Price Lunch
Elementary: $2.00
Secondary Classic: $2.50
Secondary Alternative: $3.00

Nondiscrimination Statement

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights website, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

 

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