School District of Palm Beach County Announces Policy for National School Lunch and Breakfast Program

School Food Service Department announces its policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals for students under the: 

NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAM 

Any interested person may review a copy of this policy by contacting:

School Food Service Office –  3661 Interstate Park Rd. N., Suite 100, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404. Phone number: (888) 383-2025 

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine meal benefit eligibility.  These criteria can be found on the fourth page of this document.  Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals. An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once income applications are approved, meal benefits are in effect for the remainder of the school year. You do not need to notify the School Food Service Department of changes in income and household size unless the application was selected for Verification, or if the household income is reduced, you may reapply. 

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians.  To apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals, apply online at www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs, or households may complete the application that was mailed, and return it to the school site or the School Food Service Department Office.

ONLINE APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER JULY 25, 2011.

Additional copies are available at the school site office. The 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. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

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

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (the Act), Public Law 111-296, provides Categorical eligibility for free meals to foster children. 

Section 102 of the Act amends Section 9(b) (12) (A) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (NSLA) to provide categorical eligibility for free meals, without further application to any foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the state or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household. In addition, the Act amends Section 9(b) (5) of the NSLA to allow certification of a foster child for free meals, without application, if the local educational agency or other child nutrition program institution obtains documentation from an appropriate state or local agency indicating the status of the child as a foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the state or that the foster child has been placed with a caretaker household by a court. These provisions are effective October 1, 2010.

Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact the district liaison. Call (561) 434-8852 for homeless or (561) 202-0356 for migrant. 

 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 the following information listed on the application: 

  • Total household income listed by amount received and type of income and how often the income is received (wages, child support, etc.) received by each household member;   
  • Names of all household members;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • Social Security Number: the last four digits of the adult signing the application is required, or the word “NONE” for this household member if he or she does not have a Social Security Number. 

If a household member becomes unemployed, income is reduced or if the household size is increased, another application may be submitted online to see if the family qualifies or if benefits are increased. 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 Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines below. 

Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price Meal Policy the School Food Service Department office staff will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to: Steven Bonino, phone number (888) 383-2025 or at the following address:  3661 Interstate Park Rd. N., Suite 100, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404. 

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal Application may not be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs. 

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. 

FLORIDA INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS 

Effective from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 FREE MEAL SCALE – (130%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

14,157

1,180

590

545

273

2

19,123

1,594

797

736

368

3

24,089

2,008

1,004

927

464

4

29,055

2,422

1,211

1,118

559

5

34,021

2,836

1,418

1,309

655

6

38,987

3,249

1,625

1,500

750

7

43,953

3,663

1,832

1,691

846

8

48,919

4,077

2,039

1,882

941

For each additional family member, add

 

 

4,966

 

414

 

207

 

191

 

96

REDUCED PRICE MEAL SCALE – (185%)

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

20,147

1,679

840

775

388

2

27,214

2,268

1,134

1,047

524

3

34,281

2,857

1,429

1,319

660

4

41,348

3,446

1,723

1,591

796

5

48,415

4,035

2,018

1,863

932

6

55,482

4,624

2,312

2,134

1,067

7

62,549

5,213

2,607

2,406

1,203

8

69,616

5,802

2,901

2,678

1,339

For each additional family member, add

 

 

7,067

 

589

 

295

 

272

 

136

To determine annual income:

  • If you receive the income every week, multiply the total gross income by 52.
  • If you receive the income every two weeks, multiply the total gross income by 26.
  • If you receive the income twice a month, multiply the total gross income by 24.
  • If you receive the income monthly, multiply the total gross income by 12. 

Remember:  The total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported. 

For more information contact Susan Franklin, SFS Coordinator Free and Reduced, at (561) 383-2058 or via e-mail at susan.franklin@palmbeachschools.org.   

 

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Public Affairs Contact: Natalia Arenas – (561) 357-7662 – arenasn@palmbeach.k12.fl.us