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      PCSSD releases free & reduced price meal application information

      LITTLE ROCK - The Pulaski County Special School District Wednesday announced its policy for providing free and reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.

      Each school and/or the central office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any member of the public. The price charged for a paid student breakfast is $1.50; the price charged for a paid student lunch is $2.25 for elementary and $2.50 for secondary.

      HOUSEHOLD APPLICATIONS
      The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits for the 2013-14 school year. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

      Free Meals - 130%Reduced Price Meals - 185%Household SizeFederal Poverty GuidelinesAnnualMonthlyTwice per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeeklyAnnualMonthlyTwice per MonthEvery Two WeeksWeekly1$11,490 14,9371,245
      623575
      288
      21,257
      1,722
      886
      818
      409
      2$15,51020,163
      1,681
      841
      776
      388
      28,694
      2,392
      1,196
      1,104
      552
      3$19,53025,389
      2,116
      1,058
      977
      489
      36,131
      3,011
      1,506
      1,390
      695
      4$23,55030,615
      2,552
      1,276
      1,178
      589
      43,568
      3,631
      1,816
      1,676
      838
      5$27,57035,841
      2,987
      1,494
      1,379
      690
      51,005
      4,251
      2,126
      1,962
      981
      6$31,59041,067
      3,423
      1,712
      1,580
      790
      58,442
      4,871
      2,436
      2,248
      1,124
      7$35,61046,293
      3,858
      1,929
      1,781
      891
      65,879
      5,490
      2,745
      2,534
      1,267
      8$39,63051,519
      4,294
      2,147
      1,982
      991
      73,316
      6,110
      3,055
      2,820
      1,410
      Each Add'l person add$4,0205,226
      436
      218
      201
      101
      7,437
      620
      310
      287
      144

      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 August 19, 2013.

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

      Children who are enrolled in Head Start / Even Start programs are categorically eligible for free meals. Contact Christine Tucker at 501-490-5770 with questions regarding Head Start / Even Start meal benefits.

      Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway by the district are categorically eligible for free meals. Contact Christine Tucker at 501-490-5770 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 Christine Tucker at 501-490-5770 with questions regarding foster children.

      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, the Free and Reduced Specialist will review applications and determine eligibility. (501-490-5770)

      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 Regena English, Director Student Nutrition at 501-490-5800.

      A household may SUBMIT an application ANYTIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR.

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