Pea Ridge Schools of­fer free lunches

The Times (Northeast Benton County) - - SCHOOL - FROM STAFF RE­PORTS

Pea Ridge School District an­nounces its pol­icy for pro­vid­ing free and re­duced price meals for chil­dren served un­der the Na­tional School Lunch Program and School Break­fast Program. Each school has a copy of the pol­icy, which may be re­viewed by any in­ter­ested party. The price charged for a paid stu­dent break­fast is $1.60; the price charged for a paid stu­dent lunch is $2.20 for Grades Pre-kinder­garten through fifth and $2.45 for Grades 6-12.

House­hold ap­pli­ca­tions

The house­hold size and in­come cri­te­ria iden­ti­fied in the ac­com­pa­ny­ing chart will be used to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity for free and re­duced price ben­e­fits for School Year 2017-2018. Chil­dren from house­holds whose in­come is at or be­low the lev­els shown are el­i­gi­ble for free or re­duced price meals.

House­hold ap­pli­ca­tion forms are be­ing dis­trib­uted by the school with a let­ter in­form­ing house­holds of the avail­abil­ity of free and re­duced price meals for their chil­dren. Only one ap­pli­ca­tion should be sub­mit­ted for each house­hold. Ap­pli­ca­tions are also avail­able at the prin­ci­pal’s of­fice in each school. To ap­ply for free or re­duced price meals, house­holds must com­plete the ap­pli­ca­tion and re­turn it to the school. Ap­pli­ca­tions can­not be ap­proved un­less it con­tains com­plete in­for­ma­tion as de­scribed in the in­struc­tions pro­vided with the ap­pli­ca­tion. Ap­pli­ca­tions may be sub­mit­ted at any time dur­ing the school year as cir­cum­stances change. The in­for­ma­tion house­holds pro­vide on the ap­pli­ca­tion will be used for the pur­pose of de­ter­min­ing el­i­gi­bil­ity and ver­i­fi­ca­tion of data.

Ap­pli­ca­tions may be sub­ject to ver­i­fi­ca­tion at any time dur­ing the school year by school of­fi­cials.

Cat­e­gor­i­cal el­i­gi­bil­ity

Chil­dren who are mem­bers of a Sup­ple­men­tal Nu­tri­tion As­sis­tance Program (SNAP), for­merly food stamps, house­hold are cat­e­gor­i­cally el­i­gi­ble for free meals. School of­fi­cials will de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity for free meals based on doc­u­men­ta­tion ob­tained di­rectly from the SNAP of­fice. School of­fi­cials will no­tify house­holds of their el­i­gi­bil­ity. House­holds who are no­ti­fied of their el­i­gi­bil­ity but who do not want their chil­dren to re­ceive free meals must con­tact the school. SNAP house­holds should com­plete an ap­pli­ca­tion if they are not no­ti­fied of their el­i­gi­bil­ity by Aug. 25, 2017.

House­holds with chil­dren who are mem­bers of cur­rently ap­proved Sup­ple­men­tal Nu­tri­tion As­sis­tance Program (SNAP) ben­e­fits, for­merly food stamps, may sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion with ab­bre­vi­ated in­for­ma­tion as de­scribed in the ap­pli­ca­tion in­struc­tions.

Chil­dren cer­ti­fied as mi­grant, home­less or run­away by the district are cat­e­gor­i­cally el­i­gi­ble for free meals. Con­tact Amanda Childs at achilds@prs.k12.ar.us or call 800-451-5395 with ques­tions re­gard­ing mi­grant, home­less or run­away meal ben­e­fits.

Fos­ter chil­dren who are the le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity of a wel­fare agency or court are also el­i­gi­ble for ben­e­fits re­gard­less of the in­come of the house­hold with whom they re­side. El­i­gi­bil­ity for the fos­ter child is based on the child be­ing the le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity of wel­fare agency or court. An ap­pli­ca­tion for a house­hold that in­cludes both fos­ter chil­dren and non-fos­ter must be com­pleted for el­i­gi­bil­ity to be de­ter­mined for the non-fos­ter chil­dren. Con­tact each school at 800451-4865 with ques­tions re­gard­ing fos­ter chil­dren ap­pli­ca­tions.

Chil­dren in house­holds that re­ceive WIC may be el­i­gi­ble for ben­e­fits. An ap­pli­ca­tion must be com­pleted for de­ter­mi­na­tion of el­i­gi­bil­ity.

If a house­hold mem­ber be­comes un­em­ployed dur­ing the school year, the house­hold may be el­i­gi­ble for free or re­duced price meals pro­vided that the loss of in­come causes the house­hold in­come to be within the el­i­gi­bil­ity cri­te­ria. An ap­pli­ca­tion should be com­pleted for de­ter­mi­na­tion of el­i­gi­bil­ity ben­e­fits.

Un­der the pro­vi­sions of the free and re­duced price meal pol­icy, Julie Fer­gu­son will re­view ap­pli­ca­tions and de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity. She may be reached at 800451-4865 ext. 4.

Par­ents or guardians dis­sat­is­fied with the rul­ing of the de­ter­min­ing of­fi­cial may wish to dis­cuss the de­ci­sion with the de­ter­min­ing of­fi­cial on an in­for­mal ba­sis. Par­ents wish­ing to make a for­mal ap­peal for a hear­ing on the de­ci­sion may make a re­quest to: Keith Martin at 800-4510032.

A house­hold may sub­mit an ap­pli­ca­tion any­time dur­ing the school year.

Nondis­crim­i­na­tion State­ment:

In ac­cor­dance with fed­eral civil rights law and United States Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture (USDA) civil rights reg­u­la­tions and poli­cies, the USDA, its agen­cies, of­fices and em­ploy­ees, and in­sti­tu­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in or ad­min­is­ter­ing USDA pro­grams are pro­hib­ited from dis­crim­i­nat­ing based on race, color, na­tional ori­gin, sex, dis­abil­ity, age or reprisal or re­tal­i­a­tion for prior civil rights ac­tiv­ity in any program or ac­tiv­ity con­ducted or funded by USDA.

Per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties who re­quire al­ter­na­tive means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion for program in­for­ma­tion (e.g. Braille, large print, au­dio­tape, Amer­i­can Sign Lan­guage, etc.), should con­tact the Agency (State or lo­cal) where they ap­plied for ben­e­fits. In­di­vid­u­als who are deaf, hard of hear­ing or have speech dis­abil­i­ties may con­tact USDA through the Fed­eral Re­lay Ser­vice at (800) 8778339. Ad­di­tion­ally, program in­for­ma­tion may be made avail­able in lan­guages other than English.

To file a program com­plaint of dis­crim­i­na­tion, com­plete the USDA Program Dis­crim­i­na­tion Com­plaint Form, (AD-3027) found on­line at: http:// www.ascr.usda.gov/com­plain­t_­fil­ing_­cust.html, and at any USDA of­fice, or write a let­ter ad­dressed to USDA and pro­vide in the let­ter all of the in­for­ma­tion re­quested in the form. To re­quest a copy of the com­plaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Sub­mit your com­pleted form or let­ter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, Of­fice of the As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary for Civil Rights, 1400 In­de­pen­dence Av­enue, SW, Wash­ing­ton, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: 202-690-7442; or (3) email: program.in­take@usda.gov

This in­sti­tu­tion is an equal op­por­tu­nity provider.

The house­hold size and in­come cri­te­ria iden­ti­fied in the chart will be used to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity for free and re­duced price ben­e­fits for School Year 2017-18.

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