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September 7, 2012
Free and Reduced Price Meal Income Guidelines for School Year 2012-2013
SALEM – The Oregon Department of Education today announced 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 2012-2013, 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 following levels 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:
Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the school official who determines eligibility may discuss the decision with the official. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a written or oral request to the school’s hearings officer (contact the school for the name, address, and phone number of the officer) for a hearing on the decision.
A secure web-based version of the National School Lunch/School Breakfast Programs Household Application for Free or Reduced Price Meals is available statewide for Households to apply for meal benefits. Apply for school meal benefits at: https://district.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp/default.aspx. All applications are reviewed by the appropriate sponsor/school district nutrition office for approval.
In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call, toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individual who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay at (800) 877-8339) or (866) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
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