State releases new free, reduced lunch guidelines

September 20, 2011

The Kentucky Department of Education recently released the 2011-12 income and household size criteria for school meals program eligibility. The new schedule replaces the 2010-11 criteria.
Each year, the federal government revises guidelines for school districts to follow when implementing free and reduced-price meals.
All school districts offer free and reduced-price meals to students from eligible families.
Studies show that children who eat breakfast and lunch have better attendance rates, longer attention spans and improved academic performance.
School districts participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast programs will send application forms to students’ homes for parents or guardians to fill out and return. District officials review applications and determine eligibility.
Parents may call the superintendent’s office in their districts for more information and application forms.
To be considered, the application must include:
— child’s name.
— SNAP (food stamp) or Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) case number.
— names of all members of household if not receiving food stamps or K-TAP.
— last four digits of Social Security number of adult who signs application if not receiving food stamps or K-TAP.
— signature of an adult household member verifying information.
In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating 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 Ave., SW, Washington D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free 866-632-9992. Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339, or 800-845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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