Monday, July 06, 2009

School Meal Prices 2009/2010

The District School Board of Pasco County’s policy for free and reduced-priced meals and new meal prices were Board approved for the 2009-2010 school year. Under the National School Lunch Act, families who are below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for free or reduced-priced meal benefits. Families MUST complete a new Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application for the upcoming school year. Applications will be available on August 1, 2009 in the school cafeteria, the school’s administration office, at student orientation, on-line and throughout the school year. A new family application MUST be submitted at the start of each new school year. A new family application can also be submitted any time during the school year if a family should become eligible under the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Student Meal Prices for 2009/2010 Elementary Breakfast: $1.25/ Lunch: $2.00 Secondary Breakfast: $1.40/ Lunch: $2.50 Reduced-price Breakfast: $ .30/ Lunch: $.40 Prices are subject to change Last year’s meal eligibility status will expire after the first ten days of school on September 7, 2009. Any student who received free or reduced-price meal benefits in the 2008-2009 school year who has not submitted a new application and has not been approved by the expiration date to the Food and Nutrition Services Department, will be required to pay full price for all meals. Until the new application is received and approved, 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). This includes applications based on Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and Foster Child(ren). Is my family eligible for free or reduced-price meals? All applications are reviewed and approved where applicable 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 the entire school year; e.g. a status of free, reduced-price, or denied (full payment required). Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs. If you have any questions regarding the Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application or the school food program, please contact Determining Official, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)at (813) 794-2438, or 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638. If you do not agree with the final decision made on the eligibility status of your meal benefit application, you have the right to appeal. To appeal, you must contact Richard P. Kurtz, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, at 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes, FL 34638. In accordance with Federal law and the U. S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.