SULLIVAN WEST CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT — The Sullivan West Central School District, a local school food authority (SFA), announced a free and reduced-price meal policy for district-area school …
SULLIVAN WEST CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT — The Sullivan West Central School District, a local school food authority (SFA), announced a free and reduced-price meal policy for district-area school children.
Want to know if you qualify? See chart below.
SNAP/TANF/FDPIR households Households that currently include children who receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) but who are not found during the Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP), or households that currently receive Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) must complete an application for free and reduced-price school meals, listing the child's name, a valid SNAP, TANF or FDPIR case number and the signature of an adult household member.
Eligibility for free meal benefits based on participation in SNAP, TANF or FDPIR is extended to all children in the household.
Once this is completed and the information is received by the school food authority, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals.
No application is necessary if the household was notified by the SFA that their children have been directly certified. If the household is not sure if their children have been directly certified, the household should contact the school.
Once the SFA knows about the household, the residents will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals based on the individual child’s designation as Other Source Categorically Eligible, as defined by law. Children are determined Other Source Categorically Eligible if they are homeless, migrants, runaways, foster children, or enrolled in Head Start or an eligible pre-kindergarten program.
Foster children who 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 income. A separate application for a foster child is no longer necessary. Foster children may also be included as a member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits for other children. Including children in foster care as household members could help other children in the household qualify for benefits. If non-foster children in a foster family are not eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits, an eligible foster child will still receive free benefits
If children or households receive benefits under assistance programs or OSCE programs, and are not listed on the notice of eligibility and are not notified by the SFA of their free meal benefits, the parent or guardian should contact the school or should submit an income application.
Other households: Households with income the same or below the amounts listed above for family size might be eligible for and are urged to apply for free and/or reduced-price meals. They can do so by completing the Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals sent home with the letter to parents.
One application for all children in the household should be submitted. Additional copies are available at the principal's office in each school. Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year to Dara Smith, school lunch manager. Call Smith at 845/482-4610 ext. 2125 with any questions regarding the application process.
Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the SFA if they choose to decline the free meal benefits. Households can apply for benefits at any time throughout the school year. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed or experience a financial hardship mid-year could become eligible for free and reduced-price meals at any point during the school year.
Children in households receiving Women, Infants and Children (WIC) benefits may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the application process.
For up to 30 operating days into the new school year (or until a new eligibility determination is made, whichever comes first) an individual child’s free or reduced-price eligibility status from the previous year will continue within the same SFA. When the carryover period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children’s meals must be claimed at the paid rate. Though encouraged to do so, the School Food Authority is not required to send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility.
The information provided on the application will be confidential and will be used for determining eligibility. The names and eligibility status of participants may also be used for the allocation of funds to federal education programs such as Title I and National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), state health or state education programs, provided the state agency or local education agency administers the programs, and for federal, state or local means-tested nutrition programs with eligibility standards comparable to the NSLP.
Eligibility information may also be released to programs authorized under the National School Lunch Act (NSLA) or the Child Nutrition Act (CNA). The release of information to any program or entity not specifically authorized by the NSLA will require a written consent statement from the parent or guardian.
The SFA does, however, have the right to verify at any time during the school year the information on the application. If a parent does not give the school this information, the child/children will no longer be able to receive free or reduced-price meals.
Under the provisions of the policy, the designated official will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the designated official, he/she may make a request either orally or in writing for a hearing to appeal the decision. Lorraine Poston, assistant superintendent for administrative services, whose address is P.O. Box 308, 33 School House Rd., Jeffersonville, NY 12428, has been designated as the Hearing Official. Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy. However, prior to initiating the hearing procedure, the parent or SFA can request a conference to provide an opportunity for the parent and official to discuss the situation, present information and obtain an explanation of the data submitted in the application or the decisions rendered.
The request for a conference shall not in any way prejudice or diminish the right to a fair hearing.
Only complete applications can be approved. This includes complete and accurate information regarding the SNAP, TANF or FDPIR case number; the names of all household members; on an income application, the last four digits of the social security number of the person who signs the form or an indication that the adult does not have one, and the amount and source of income received by each household member.
In addition, the parent or guardian must sign the application form, certifying the information is true and correct.
In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, disability or limited English proficiency.
Nondiscrimination statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at 202/720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800/877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, from any USDA office by calling 866/632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to the USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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