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The Canistota Clipper Thursday, August 7, 2014 _~ag~ 11 FREE AND REDUCED PRICES FOR SCHOOL CHILDREN Child and Adult Nutrition Services in the South Dakota Department of Education has announced the policy for free milk or free and reduced price meals. The policy ap- plies to children unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch, School Break- fast, and/or Special Milk Pro- grams. The administrative office of each school that par- ticipates in the Lunch, Break- fast, and/or Milk Program has a copy of the policy avail- able for review. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals. Children from a household whose income is at or below the level shown for free meals may be eligible for free milk if the school partic- ipates in a federally funded pricing Special Milk Pro- gram. Families may apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk for their children for school year 2014-2015 ac- cording to guidelines effec- tive July 1, 2014. Applications will be provided to households by the school. Families that are directly cer- tified as eligible for free meals will receive a notice of eligibility. The school will use the prior year's eligibility status (free, reduced price, or paid) from last year for up to the first 30 days of school or until a new application is approved or direct certification is ob- tained, whichever comes first. Households that are cur- rently on Supplemental Nutri- tion Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assis- tance for Needy Families (TANF) will receive letters from the school indicating that their children are eligible for FREE school meals. These families SHOULD NOT complete an application for free meals. All children in household with any house- hold member receiving bene- fits under TANF or SNAP are eligible for free meals. Families receiving com- modities through the Food Distribution Program on In- dian Reservations (FDPIR) can request an Interagency Action Notice that can be brought to the school in place of an application to document free meal eligibility, or they can complete an application and list the FDPIR case num- ber. All children in a house- hold with any household member receiving benefits under FDPIR are eligible for free meals. If the school knows of children who are homeless, runaway, foster, from a mi- grant household, or who are enrolled in Head Start, they will send a letter to the house- hold telling them the children are eligible for free meals. Contact the school if the household does not get a let- ter or has questions. The household must notify the school if it chooses to decline benefits. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of in- come. Households may in- clude foster children on the application, but are not re- quired to include payments received for care of the foster child as income. To apply for free or re- duced price meals, other households should fill out the application and return it to the school. An application must include the names of children for whom benefits are re- quested, all household mem- bers and their monthly income or designation that they do not have any income, and be signed by an adult household member with the last four digits of that per- son's social security number. Incomplete applications can- not be approved for free and reduced price meals. Addi- tional copies are available in the school office. The infor- mation provided on the appli- cation is confidential and will be used for the purpose of de- termining eligibility status for school meals and Title I pro- grams. The school will pro- vide additional information if it wants to use eligibility sta- tus for other purposes. An eligibility determina- tion is good for the whole year; however, applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Contact the school if a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes. The children from that house- hold may be eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk during the time of unemployment if the house- hold's income falls within the income eligibility guidelines. Information on any applica- tion may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling on the application for eligibility, she/he may contact the deter- mining official on an informal basis. If the parent or guardian wishes to make a formal appeal, an oral or written request may be made to the school's hearing offi- cial for a hearing to appeal st.html, or at any USDA of- fice, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information re- quested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agricul- ture, Director, Office of Ad- judication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250- 9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at Individuals who are deaf, hard of hear- ing, or have speech disabili- ties may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal oppor- tunity provider and employer. As stated above, all pro- tected bases do not apply to all programs, "the first six protected bases of race, color, national origin, age, disabil- ity, and sex are the six pro- tected bases for applicants and recipients of the Child Nutrition Programs". If a child needs a special diet as prescribed by a doctor, the household should contact the school's food service manager. The income scales below are used to determine an ap- plicanrs eligibility for free or reduced price meals if the household is at or below the guidelines. INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES (Effective from July 1, 20t4 thn~gh June 20, 2015) The ircome sca~ betow am ~o be L~ to dete~m appUc~s eHg~it~ the decision. Some schools may choose to send a special no- tice about the Children's Health Insurance Program to households with the applica- tion. It provides a way for school personnel to know if families will allow them to use students' eligibility status for other program benefits. The decision whether or not a household is eligible for meal benefits or not is not affected by this form. Non-discrimination State- ment: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. The U.S. Department of Agricul- ture prohibits discrimination against its customers, em- ployees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, politi- cal beliefs, marital status, fa- milial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public as- sistance program, or pro- tected genetic information in employment or in any pro- gram or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) 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