Free and Reduced National School lunch, breakfast program policy announced

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Anderson School District One recently announced their policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast program. Local school officials have adopted the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility:

(Household size and income guidelines for Free Meals or Reduced Price Meals effective July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.)

Income guidelines for free meals are as follows: Number in household, annual income, monthly, twice per month, every two weeks, weekly income:

1 $14,937 $1,245 $623 $575 $288

2 $20,163 $1,681 $841 $776 $388

3 $25,389 $2,116 $1,058 $977 $489

4 $30,615 $2,552 $1,276 $1,178 $589

5 $35,841 $2,987 $1,494 $1,379 $690

6 $41,067 $3,423 $1,712 $1,580 $790

7 $46,293 $3,858 $1,929 $1,781 $891

8 $51,519 $4,294 $2,147 $1,982 $991

For each additional family member add $5,226 annually, $436 monthly, $218 twice per month, $201 every two weeks or $101 weekly.

Income guidelines for reduced price meals are as follows: household size, annual income, monthly income, twice per month, every two weeks, weekly income:

1 $21,257 $1,772 $886 $818 $409

2 $28,694 $2,392 $1,195 $1,104 $552

3 $38,131 $3,011 $1,506 $1,390 $695

4 $43,568 $3,631 $1,816 $1,616 $838

5 $51,005 $4,251 $2,126 $1,962 $981

6 $58,442 $4,871 $2,436 $2,248 $1,124

7 $65,879 $5,490 $2,745 $2,534 $1,267

8 $73,316 $6,110 $3,055 $2,820 $1,410

For each additional family member, add $7,437 annually, $620 monthly, $310 twice per month, $287 every two weeks or $144 weekly.

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.

For school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide a SNAP or TANF case number certifying the household is currently eligible for either of the assistance programs and an adult household signature or names of all household members, the name and social security number of the adult household member signing the application form, current income by source for each household member and a signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct.

Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits regardless of household income. If a household has foster children living with them and the household has not previously been notified by the School district that their foster children have been directly certified for freemeals, the houshold may either include and count the foster children (including personal income earned by the foster children) on the household application form with other non-foster children or complete a separate application form with the names of the foster children.

Under the provisions of the policy Deborah Joye, Director Student Nutrition Services, will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the reviewing official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewer on an informal basis.

Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Robbie Binnicker, Assistant Superintendent, whose address is: 801 N. Hamilton Street, Williamston, SC 29697, for a hearing to appeal the decision.

The hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes, the household should contact the school to file a meal application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for free or reduced price meals if the income falls at or below levels shown above.

A complete copy of the policy is on file in the District One Superintendent office where any interested party may review it.