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June 6-- The Georgia Department of Education announces its policy for free and reduced-price meals for children unable to pay the full price served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Local school officials have adopted the following annual family size and income criteria for determining eligibility.

FAMILY SIZE

COLUMN I

FREE MEALS

If Family Income is Within

COLUMN II

REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

If Family Income is Within

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

           0           to       15,782

        0           to         21,398

       0             to         27,014

      0             to         32,630

      0             to         38,246

           0           to         43,862

      0             to         49,478

      0             to         55,094

         15,783     to         22,459

         21,399      to           30,451

         27,015      to         38,443

         32,631      to         46,435

         38,247       to       54,427

         43,863       to         62,419

         49,479     to         70,411

         55,095     to         78,403

FOR EACH ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBER, ADD $5,616 PER YEAR TO THE INCOME LEVEL FOR FREE MEALS AND $7,992 TO THE INCOME LEVEL FOR REDUCED PRICE MEALS.

Parents should contact their local school district for pricing.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with 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. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Foster children may also be eligible for these meals. Families with foster children should contact the school for information regarding benefits. Additional forms are available at the principal's office in each school. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time with each school district required to verify a sample annually. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

For school officials to determine eligibility, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) must list the child's name, their SNAP or TANF case number and the signature of an adult household member. Households not receiving SNAP or TANF must list: child's name, names of all household members, the last four digits of the social security number of a parent or guardian (or an indication that neither possesses a social security number), the amount of income received by each household member, identified by source and frequency, and the signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct. The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. We may inform officials connected with other child nutrition, health, and education programs of the information on your form to determine benefits for those programs or for funding and/or evaluation purposes.

If a household member becomes unemployed, or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household's income falls at or below the levels shown above.

Under the provisions of this policy, a school official will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the determination, he/she may contact the school either orally or in writing.

 

 

 

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