Free and reduced meals applications available

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

District encourages parents to apply

The Cassville school district announced its free and reduced-price meal policy for school children, in accordance with the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program, for the 2016-2017 school year.

Children from families whose current income is at or below the income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-priced meals, including breakfast and lunch.

Applications are available at respective school offices, and may be submitted at any time during the school year.

Jill LeCompte, assistant superintendent for the district, said there are no changes this year in the benefits, and encouraged parents to apply.

"The program is here to help and is available for all parents to apply," LeCompte said. "We all need assistance from time-to-time, and that's OK. The program is very confidential, so that students and teachers cannot tell who is or is not on the program."

If a family member becomes unemployed, experiences a change in income, or family size, they should contact the school to file a new application, as the changes may make the children of the family eligible for free or reduced meals.

Parents will be notified by mail of their children's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals.

Foster children may be eligible regardless of the income of the household where they reside.

If any children were not listed on the eligibility notice for families receiving TANF, SNAP or FDPIR, the household should contact the school to have free meal benefits extended to those children. If any (other) children were not listed on the eligibility notice, the family should contact the school.

If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling, he or she may discuss the decision with a hearing official or may make a request in writing to Richard Asbill, Cassville school district superintendent, 1501 Main Street, Cassville, MO 65625, or by phone at 417-847-2221. Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy, which is kept on file in each school in the central office for review.

Regular-priced followed by reduced-priced meals for breakfast and lunch, per grades, are as follows:

* Breakfast k-5: $1.10/$.30. Lunch: $1.80/$.40

* Breakfast grades 6-8: $1.35/$.30. Lunch is $1.90/$.40

* Breakfast grades 9-12: $1.35/$.30. Lunch is $2.15/$.40

Parents can pay for breakfast and lunch at their child's respective building office, and keep track of meal balances on Lumen, the district's online student information system which can be located on their website.

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