Free, Re­duced-Price Meals Avail­able For Escalon Uni­fied

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Escalon Uni­fied School District has an­nounced its policy to serve nu­tri­tious meals ev­ery school day un­der the Na­tional School Lunch Pro­gram, School Breakfast Pro­gram, and/or Af­ter­school Snack Pro­gram. Ef­fec­tive July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, chil­dren are el­i­gi­ble for free or re­duced-price meals if the house­hold in­come is less than or equal to the fed­eral guide­lines.

Guide­lines range from a house­hold size of one with a yearly in­come of $15,782 ($1,316 per month, $658 twice per month, $607 ev­ery two weeks, $304 weekly) to a mid­size house­hold of four with an an­nual in­come of $32,630. That breaks down to $2,720 per month; $1,360 twice per month; $1,255 ev­ery two weeks; $628 per week. For a house­hold of eight, an­nual in­come can­not ex­ceed $55,094 - $4,592 per month; $2,296 twice per month; $2,119 ev­ery two weeks or $1,060 per week.

For each ad­di­tional fam­ily mem­ber add $5,616 to the an­nual in­come al­low­able limit.

House­holds do not need to turn in an ap­pli­ca­tion when the house­hold re­ceives a no­ti­fi­ca­tion let­ter say­ing that all chil­dren au­to­mat­i­cally qual­ify for free or re­duced priced­meals when any house­hold mem­ber re­ceives ben­e­fits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. Chil­dren who meet the def­i­ni­tion of foster, home­less, mi­grant, or run­away, and chil­dren en­rolled in their school’s Head Start pro­gram are el­i­gi­ble for free meals. Con­tact school of­fi­cials if any child in the house­hold is not on the no­ti­fi­ca­tion let­ter. The house­hold must let school of­fi­cials know if they do not want to re­ceive free or re­duced-price meals.

For a sim­ple and se­cure method to ap­ply for free and re­duced price meals use the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion at https://escalonusd. strataapps.com. Con­tact Shelli Ni­cholas at 209838-3170 for help fill­ing out the ap­pli­ca­tion. The school will let you know if your ap­pli­ca­tion is ap­proved or de­nied for free or re­duced-price meals.

If you are not el­i­gi­ble now, but your house­hold in­come goes down, house­hold size goes up, or a house­hold mem­ber starts re­ceiv­ing CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR, you may ap­ply on­line at that time. In­for­ma­tion given on the on­line ap­pli­ca­tion will be used to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity and may be ver­i­fied at any time dur­ing the school year by school of­fi­cials. The last four dig­its of the So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber from any adult house­hold or check­ing that you do not have a So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber is re­quired if you in­clude in­come on the ap­pli­ca­tion.

House­holds that re­ceive Spe­cial Sup­ple­men­tal Nu­tri­tion Pro­gram for Women, In­fants, and Chil­dren (WIC) ben­e­fits, may be el­i­gi­ble for free or re­duced­price meals by ap­ply­ing on­line.

Foster chil­dren are el­i­gi­ble for free meals and may be in­cluded as a house­hold mem­ber if the foster fam­ily chooses to also ap­ply for the non-foster chil­dren on the same ap­pli­ca­tion. In­clud­ing foster chil­dren as a house­hold mem­ber may help the non-foster chil­dren qual­ify for free or re­duced-price meals. If the non-foster chil­dren are not el­i­gi­ble, this does not keep foster chil­dren from re­ceiv­ing free meals.

Your child’s el­i­gi­bil­ity sta­tus from last school year will con­tinue into the new school year for up to 30 school days or un­til the school pro­cesses your new ap­pli­ca­tion or your child is other­wise cer­ti­fied for free or re­duced-price meals. Af­ter the 30 school days, your child will have to pay full price for meals, un­less the house­hold re­ceives a no­ti­fi­ca­tion let­ter for free or re­duced-price meals. School of­fi­cials do not have to send re­minder or ex­pired el­i­gi­bil­ity no­tices.

If you do not agree with the de­ci­sion or re­sults of ver­i­fi­ca­tion, you may dis­cuss it with school of­fi­cials. You also have the right to a fair hear­ing, which may be re­quested by call­ing or writ­ing the hear­ing of­fi­cial: Kristin Tiger, 1520 Yosemite Ave., Escalon, CA 95320; call 209-838-3195.

Escalon Uni­fied School District is an equal op­por­tu­nity provider.

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