The School District of Palm Beach County / School Food Service Announces its policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals for students under the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS

Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting

Idelvis Lugones / 3661 Interstate Park Road North, Suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404 (561) 383-2025.

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility.  These criteria can be found on the second 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 can not 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, unless they are selected for The Verification Process and the parent/guardian does not verify.
You do not need to notify the School Food Service Department if your income increases unless the application was selected for Verification or, if the household income is reduced, you may reapply.
All students will be served breakfast at no charge at all the Palm Beach County Schools.

 

To ensure families application is processed by the first day of school, they need to complete the online application by August 6, 2018. Additional hard copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. Families need to complete oneapplication per household, even if the siblings attend different Palm Beach County schools.  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 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP / TANF case number, and signature of adult household member.

 

Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household.  If the foster family chooses to apply and the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meals, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits.

 

Household with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact the district liaison, Beth Lefler at 561-494-1547 or via email at beth.lefler@palmbeachschools.org.

 

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
  • Four last digits of Social Security number of the adult signing the application or check the box for “No SSN” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted. Children of 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. Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy, the School Food Service Director, or designee, 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

 

Chief Operating Officer, 3300 Forest Hill Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33406
(561) 434-8510

 

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.
FLORIDA INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR FREE AND
REDUCED-PRICE MEALS
Effective from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019

 

REDUCED-PRICE MEAL SCALE
Household
Size
Annual
Monthly
Twice Per Month
Every Two Weeks
Weekly
1
22,459
1,872
936
864
432
2
30,451
2,538
1,269
1,172
586
3
38,443
3,204
1,602
1,479
740
4
46,435
3,870
1,935
1,786
893
5
54,427
4,536
2,268
2,094
1,047
6
62,419
5,202
2,601
2,401
1,201
7
70,411
5,868
2,934
2,709
1,355
8
78,403
6,534
3,267
3,016
1,508
For each additional family member, add
+ 7,992
+ 666
+ 333
+ 308
+ 154

 

For additional information please contact:

 

The School District of Palm Beach County, Attention: Magdalena Prieto, CPA, General  Manager, School Food Service, 3661 Interstate Park Rd N, Suite 100, Riviera Beach, FL 33404, Magdalena.Prieto@palmbeachschools.org

 

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 http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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.