Thursday, July 08, 2010

School Meal Prices and Free/Reduced Meal Policy 2010-2011

The District School Board of Pasco County’s policy for free and reduced-priced meals and new meal prices has been approved for the 2010-2011 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. 

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 2, 2010 at any Pasco County school cafeteria or administration office, at student orientation, and throughout the school year.  A new family application MUST be submitted at the start of each new school year. 

2010-2011 Student Meal Prices

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Elementary

$1.25

$2.00

Secondary

$1.40

$2.50

Reduced-Price

$0.30

$0.40

*Prices are subject to change

Last year’s meal eligibility status will expire after the first ten days of school, which is September 1, 2010.  Any student who received free or reduced-price meal benefits in the 2009-2010 school year and has not submitted a new application and has not been approved by the expiration date by the Food and Nutrition Services Department, will be required to pay full price for all meals.  Until a new 2010-2011 Free and Reduced-Price Meal 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).

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

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).  Applications can be submitted any time during the school year.   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 a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted.  Parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school.  Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown below.

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 meal benefit application, you have the right to appeal.  To appeal, you must contact Richard P. Kurtz, Food and Nutrition Services Director, at (813) 794-2439 or 7227 Land O’ Lakes Blvd, Land O’ Lakes, Florida 34638.

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

*Guidelines are subject to change

Household size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,079

1,174

587

542

271

2

18,941

1,579

790

729

365

3

23,803

1,984

992

916

458

4

28,665

2,389

1,195

1,103

552

5

33,527

2,794

1,397

1,290

645

6

38,389

3,200

1,600

1,477

739

7

43,251

3,605

1,803

1,664

832

8

48,113

4,010

2,005

1,851

926

Each additional family member, add

4,862

406

203

187

94

 

 

Household size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,036

1,670

835

771

386

2

26,955

2,247

1,124

1,037

519

3

33,874

2,823

1,412

1,303

652

4

40,793

3,400

1,700

1,569

785

5

47,712

3,976

1,988

1,836

918

6

54,631

4,553

2,277

2,102

1,051

7

61,550

5,130

2,565

2,368

1,184

8

68,469

5,706

2,853

2,634

1,317

Each additional family member, add

6,919

577

289

267

134

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 runaway should contact the District liaison at (813) 794-0608.

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families 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 or 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, and any other deductions listed by amount received, type of income and how often the income is received.  Names of household members must be listed.  A signature and social security number (or mark the word “NONE”) of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct must be included on the application.

“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.”