FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Indiana Department of Education announced household size andincome guidelines for free and reduced-price meals or free milk forthose students unable to pay the full price for meals or milkserved under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, andSpecial Milk Programs. These guidelines are set forth by the UnitedStates Department of Agriculture and are the same for all states.
Each local school corporation office has a copy of theguidelines that may be reviewed by any interested party. Thefollowing household size and income criteria will be used fordetermining eligibility:
INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES*
EFFECTIVE FROM JULY 1, 2010 TO JUNE 30, 2011
Reduced PriceMeals Free Meals
185% of federal povertyguidelines 130% offederal poverty guidelines
Household # Yearly MonthlyBi-Weekly Weekly Yearly Monthly Bi-WeeklyWeekly
1 $20,036 $1,670 $771 $386 $14,079 $1,174 $542 $271
2 $26,955 $2,247 $1,037 $519 $18,941 $1,579 $729 $365
3 $33,874 $2,823 $1,303 $652 $23,803 $1,984 $916 $458
4 $40,793 $3,400 $1,569 $785 $28,665 $2,389 $1,103 $552
5 $47,712 $3,976 $1,836 $918 $33,527 $2,794 $1,290 $645
6 $54,631 $4,553 $2,102 $1,051 $38,389 $3,200 $1,477 $739
7 $61,550 $5,130 $2,368 $1,184 $43,251 $3,605 $1,664 $832
8 $68,469 $5,706 $2,634 $1,317 $48,113 $4,010 $1,851 $926
For each additional person:
+$6,919 +$577 +$267 +$134 +$4,862 +$406 +$187 +$94
*For the 48 contiguous United States, District of Columbia,Guam and territories
Children from households that meet federal guidelines areeligible for free or reduced- price meals or free milk.
Application forms are being provided to all homes with aletter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-pricebenefits, households must complete the application as soon aspossible, sign it, and return it to the school. One applicationshould be submitted for all the students enrolled in the schooldistrict. Households should answer all applicable questions on theform. An application that does not contain all the requiredinformation cannot be processed and approved by the school. Therequired information is:
FOOD STAMP / TANF HOUSEHOLDS: If a household currentlyreceives Food Stamps or "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families"(TANF) for any child or other household member, they need only tolist the child's name and Food Stamp or TANF case number, and signthe application.
ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLDS: If a household's income is at or belowthe level shown on the income scale, children are eligible for freeor reduced-price meals or free milk. Households must provide thefollowing information: (1) the names of all household members, (2)all household income last month and source of income received byeach household member (for example, EARNINGS, WELFARE, PENSION, orOTHER). Income is all money before taxes or anything else is takenout, (3) the signature of an adult household member, and (4) theSocial Security number of the adult signing the application.
The information on the application for free or reduced pricemeals may be verified by the school or other officials at any timeduring the school year. The information households provide will betreated confidentially and will be used only for the eligibilitydeterminations and verification of data.
Households may apply for benefits at any time during theschool year. If a household is not eligible now, but has a decreasein household income, an increase in household size, or a householdmember becomes unemployed, an application should be filled out atthat time.
In certain cases foster children are eligible for meal ormilk benefits regardless of the household income. If a householdhas foster children living with them and they wish to apply formeals or milk benefits for them, they should contact the school forhelp with the application. Children enrolled in the Head Start/EvenStart Program or the Migrant Education Program or who areconsidered homeless or runaway by the school district’shomeless liaison should contact the school for assistance inreceiving benefits.
Under the provisions of the policy, a local schoolcorporation official will review applications and determineeligibility. Households dissatisfied with the ruling of theofficial may wish to discuss it with the school. Households alsohave the right to a fair hearing which may be initiated bycontacting the hearing official in the local school corporation.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department ofAgriculture policy, this institution is prohibited fromdiscriminating
on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex,age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, writeUSDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue,SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or202-720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider andemployer.
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