|9/20/2013 11:04:00 AM|
|Free and Reduced Price Meal Income Guidelines for School Year 2013-2014|
The Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs announces annually the income guidelines for free and reduced price meals for students in schools operating the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs and for free milk in schools operating the Special Milk Program.
Free and reduced price meals are available for eligible students. Schools that do not offer the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may offer free milk to eligible students. Eligibility is determined by household size and income. Foster children are eligible for free meal benefits. Qualifying students receive meals or milk without charge or may pay a reduced price of no more than 40 cents for lunch. The Oregon legislature provided funding to eliminate the reduced price payment for School Breakfast. For school year 2013-2014, breakfast will be accessible at no charge to students who qualify for reduced price meals.
Children from households whose income is at or below the Income Guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk
Children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are eligible for free meals. In August, households receiving SNAP or TANF benefits will be directly certified to receive free meal or milk benefits by a letter from their school advising them of their eligibility for free meal or milk benefits or by a notice of eligibility from their Department of Human Services (DHS) certifier. Schools will accept the DHS notice / certification letter from students as proof of eligibility for free meals or milk. No other application or verification of eligibility is required for students directly certified.
Households not directly certified may complete a confidential application for free or reduced price meals or free milk. An official at the school will review the confidential application and determine eligibility. Children in eligible households may receive meal benefits regardless of immigration status. Applications may be submitted anytime during the year. Information provided on an application may be verified at any time during the school year. An application cannot be approved unless it contains the following information:
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