Free And Reduced School Lunch Program For Washington County

Ron Daniels, Regional Superintendent of Schools for Clinton, Marion, Jefferson and Washington Counties, announced the policy for free and reduced price meals and free milk for those students unable to pay the full price for meals or milk under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast and Special Milk Program (available only to students enrolled in split session kindergarten programs) for schools in Washington County: Oakdale Community Consolidated District #1, West Washington County Community Unit District #10, Irvington Community Consolidated District #11, Ashley Community Consolidated District #15, Nashville Community Consolidated District #49, Nashville Community High School District #99, St. Ann Catholic School, Immanuel Lutheran School, Trinity Lutheran School, and Trinity-St. John Lutheran Schools.

Children from households that meet federal guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk.

All meals served must meet the U.S. Department of Agriculture meal requirements. However, if a child has been determined by a doctor to have a disability and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, your school will make substitutions prescribed by the doctor.

If a substitution is needed, there will be no extra charge for the meal. If you believe your child needs substitutions because of a disability, please get in touch with local school for further information.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price benefits, households must complete the application as soon as possible, sign it and return it to the school. Households should answer all applicable questions on the form.

An application which does not contain all the required information cannot be precessed and approved by the school. The required information is:

Food Stamp/TANF Households:

If a household currently received Food Stamps or “Temporary Assistance for Needy Families” (TANF) for their child(ren), they only have to list the child(ren)’s name and Food Stamp or TANF case number and sign the application.

Link card numbers cannot be used.

All Other

Households:

If a household’s income is at or below the level shown on the income scale, children are eligible for either free or reduced price meals or free milk.

Households must provide the following information: (1) the names of all household members, (2) the social security number of the adult household member signing the application, or the word “non” if the adult does not have a social security number, (3) the amount of income each household member received last month, where it comes from (wages, child support, etc.) and (4) the signature of an adult household member.

The information on the application may be verified by school or other officials at any time during the school year.

Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year.

Households that are not eligible now but have a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or a household member that becomes unemployed, should fill out an application at that time.

In certain cases foster children are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services or free milk household income.

Households that have foster children living with them and wish to apply for free or reduced-price for meal services or free milk for them should complete the application.