Guidelines given for free and reduced-price school meals

| July 26, 2014 | 0 Comments
Applications are now being accepted for school lunch assistance for students whose families qualify (above).

Applications are now being accepted for school lunch assistance for students whose families qualify (above).

 

Hawaii State Department of Education
News Release
HONOLULU — The Hawaii State Department of Education (DOE) is announcing its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast

File Photo Leilehua High School and other public school lunch programs are part of the new pricing guidelines for qualified applicants.

File Photo
Leilehua High School and other public school lunch programs are part of the new pricing guidelines for qualified applicants.

Programs.

Children from households with income at or below the following levels are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

How to Apply
Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out one application and return it to the school where the child is enrolled or complete an online application via ezmealapp.com.

Applications for the current school year (2014-2015) are now being accepted. The application information will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials.

For DOE officials to determine eligibility, households receiving Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) must list the child’s name, date of birth, grade, school code and their SNAP or TANF case number and the signature and name of an adult household member.

Households not receiving SNAP or TANF must list 1) the names of everyone in the household; 2) the amount of income received by each person, how often the income is received and the source of the income; 3) the name and social security number of either parent/guardian who is the primary wage earner or the adult household member who signs the form or the word “none,” if neither adult household member has a social security number; and 4) the signature of an adult household member.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. Policy copies are available at DOE schools.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the DOE will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may discuss the decision with the reviewing official informally.

In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for school meal benefits. If a household has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for them, the household should contact the school for more information. The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data.

In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, institutions are prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Application Appeals Process
Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request for a hearing on the decision in writing to this address:
Glenna Owens, SFA Director
1106 Koko Head Avenue
Honolulu, HI  96816
Call 808-733-8414 or toll free 1-800-441-4845 for more details.

Application Form
Get the school meals form at ezmealapp.com.

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