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NUTRITION NEWS

 

Clarksville School District

Public Release

FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE MEALS

School Year 2018-2019

 

Clarksville School District & the Child Nutrition Department today announces its policy for providing free and reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Each School Office and the Superintendent Office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.  The price charged for a paid student breakfast is $1.25 K-12th Grade; the price charged for a paid student lunch is

$2.00 for K-4th Grade,

$2.25 for 5th-9thGrade,

$2.50 for 10th-12th Grade.

 

HOUSEHOLD APPLICATIONS

 

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits for SY 2018-2019.  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 Size

Federal Poverty Guidelines

Annual

Monthly

Twice per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

Annual

Monthly

Twice

per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

12,140

15,782

1,316

658

607

304

22,459

1,872

936

864

432

2

    16,460

21,398

1,784

892

823

412

30,451

2,538

1,269

1,172

586

3

20,780

27,014

2,252

1,126

1,039

520

38,443

3,204

1,602

1,479

740

4

25,100

32,630

2,720

1,360

1,255

628

46,435

3,870

1,935

1,786

893

5

29,420

38,246

3,188

1,594

1,471

736

54,427

4,536

2,268

2,094

1,047

6

33,740

43,862

3,656

1,828

1,6487

844

62,419

5,202

2,601

2,401

1,201

7

38,060

49,478

4,124

2,062

1,903

952

70,411

5,868

2,934

2,709

1,355

8

42,380

55,094

4,592

2,296

2,119

1,060

78,403

6,534

3,267

3,016

1,508

Each Add’l person  add

4,320

5,616

468

234

216

108

7,992

666

333

308

154

 

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 15, 2018.  

 

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

 

ARKANSAS BETTER CHANCE PROGRAM (ABC Program) is operated by ABC Children’s Academy and housed in Clarksville Primary School, limited spots are available.  For more information contact Jessi @ 479-647-5080.

 

Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway by the district are categorically eligible for free meals.  Contact the Child Nutrition Office at 479-979-6008 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 the Child Nutrition Office at 479-979-6008 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 Child Nutrition Office will review applications and determine eligibility.  479-979-6008

 

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 either to:  Steven Wyatt at 479-705-3270

 

A household may SUBMIT an application ANYTIME DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR

 

 

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The Child Nutrition Department is looking for part-time and sub cooks. If you are interested in working the same hours as your student please contact the Child Nutrition Office for more information  or the Superintendents Office for an application. 

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The High School, Jr. High, Kraus Elementary & Pyron Elementary Schools are all OFFER VS. SERVE

Students may select or deny food items.  Items selected must meet the USDA minimum requirements. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact the Kitchen Manager for your students school or the Child Nutrition Office. 

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