For Immediate Release: July 8, 2009
Apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals
BPS announces policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals
VIERA – Brevard Public Schools (BPS) is accepting applications for Free or Reduced Price Meals and 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 Margaret Booth at 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL 32940 or at 321-622-1000, extension 677.
Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility and have been included below. 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 approved, meal benefits are good for an entire year.
To apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals, households must complete the application and return it to the school. Application forms are available at each Brevard County School or may be printed from our Web site at http://foodservices.brevardschools.org/freereducedlunchinfo.html. Additional copies are available at each school. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified during the school year and 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.
Foster children will receive benefits (i.e., free, reduced-price, or paid) based on the child’s personal income regardless of the income of the household.
Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaways should contact the district liaison, Anita Smith at 321-633-1000, Extension 453.
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 gross amount received, type of income (e.g., wages, child support, etc.) and how often the income is 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 of the adult signing the application 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 or if the household size changes, the Office of Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) should be contacted at 321- 633-1000, extension 677. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact FNS. 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, Kevin M. Thornton, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, 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 Kevin M. Thornton, Director, Food and Nutrition Services, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, FL 32940, or 321-633-1000, extension 690.
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, 2009, to June 30, 2010
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.
In accordance with Federal law, and US 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 Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.