Special Meal Programs

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September 01, 1991

Howard County Schools will follow the household-size and income criteria below to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price schoolmeals. The program is for schoolchildren unable to pay full price for meals and milk served in schools under the national school lunch, school breakfast or special milk programs.

Family.. .. .. ..Free.. .. .. .. .Reduced-

size.. .. .. .. .meals/milk.. ..price meal

1.. .. .. .. .. .8,606.. .. .. .. .$12,247

2.. .. .. .. .. 11,544.. .. .. .. ..16,428

3.. .. .. .. .. 14,482.. .. .. .. ..20,609

4.. .. .. .. .. 17,420.. .. .. .. ..24,790

5.. .. .. .. .. 20,358.. .. .. .. ..28,971

6.. .. .. .. .. 23,296.. .. .. .. ..33,152

7.. .. .. .. .. 26,234.. .. .. .. ..37,333

8.. .. .. .. .. 29,172.. .. .. .. ..41,514

*Extra member.. +2,938.. .. .. .. .+$4,181

Application forms are being sent to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out the application and return it to the school.

Information supplied on the application is confidential and will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility. It may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.

For school officials to determine eligibility, households receiving food stamps or AFDC must list the child's name, food stamp or AFDC case number and the signature of an adult household member.

Households not receiving food stamps must list names of all household members; Social Security numbers of all adult household members or a statement that the household member does not possess one; total household income and the amount and source of income received by each household member; and the signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.

Households that list food stamp or AFDC case numbers must disclose when the household no longer receives these benefits. Other households approved for benefits must report increases in household income of over $50 per month or $600 per year and changes in family size.

In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for benefits. Families with foster children living with them should contact the school before completing the application for benefits.

All children are treated the same regardless of ability to pay, and no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age or handicap. If any member of a household believes he or she has been discriminated against, write to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 21050.

The Food and Nutrition Service reviews applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may discuss the decision with the official on an informal basis. If parents wish to make a formal appeal, they may make a request for a hearing either verbally or in writing to Mary Klatko, 10910 Route 108, Ellicott City, Md. 21043, telephone 992-0500, Ext. 234.

A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school, where it may be reviewed by any interested party.

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