Health Leadership High School

HLHS Free Lunch and Reduced Program 2015-16

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(School Year 2015-16)

MEDIA RELEASE

FOR FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS IN

THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND

SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS

On (insert date) ______July 1, 2015____________ ,

this public release was/will be sent to (enter names of news media outlets and major employers contemplating layoffs):

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Health Leadership High School today announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school and/or the central office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

 

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown here are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Children who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Assistance, benefits are automatically eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Eligibility for a foster child is based on a separate application and solely on the amount of the child’s ?personal use? income.

 

?????????????????? INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES

FOR FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

 

Effective from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016

 

FREE MEAL SCALE?? 130%
Household

Size

Annual Monthly Twice Per Month Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $15,301 $1,276 $638 $589 $295
2 20,709 1,726 863 797 399
3 26,117 2,177 1,089 1,005 503
4 31,525 2,628 1,314 1,213 607
5 36,933 3,078 1,539 1,421 711
6 42,341 3,529 1,765 1,629 815
7 47,749 3,980 1,990 1,837 919
8 53,157 4,430 2,215 2,045 1,023
For each additional family member, add

 

+ 5,408 + 451 + 226 + 208 + 104

 

 

REDUCED-PRICE MEAL SCALE?????? 185%
Household

Size

Annual Monthly Twice Per Month Bi-Weekly Weekly
1 $21,775 $1,815 $908 $838 $419
2 29,471 2,456 1,228 1,134 567
3 37,167 3,098 1,549 1,430 715
4 44,863 3,739 1,870 1,726 863
5 52,559 4,380 2,190 2,022 1,011
6 60,255 5,022 2,511 2,318 1,159
7 67,951 5,663 2,832 2,614 1,307
8 75,647 6,304 3,152 2,910 1,455
For each additional family

member, add

 

+7,696 +642 +321 +296 +148

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual?s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at?http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at?program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing 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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SAMPLE MEDIA RELEASE

FOR FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS

(continued)

 

 

 

Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing them of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for enrolled children. Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school. To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits, households must complete an application and return it to the school for processing. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used to determine meal eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or program officials.

 

Requirements for school officials to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits are as follows: For households receiving SNAP, or FDPIR or TANF benefits ? applications need only include the enrolled child(ren)’s name, SNAP, or FDPIR case number, and the signature of an adult household member. For households who do not list a SNAP, or FDPIR or TANF case number, the application must include the names of all household members, the amount and source of the income received by each household member, and the signature and corresponding Social Security number of an adult household member. If the household member who signs the application does not have a Social Security number, the household member must indicate on the application that a Social Security number is not available.

 

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the determining official(s), as designated by the sponsor/agency, shall review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility ruling may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing with the sponsor/agency?s hearing official. Parents or guardians should contact their child(ren)?s school(s) for specific information regarding the name of the determining official and/or hearing official for a specific school, agency, or district.

 

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.

 

Sponsors/agencies that use direct certification should add the following paragraph to their public release:

 

Households that receive SNAP, or FDPIR or TANF benefits may not have to complete an Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals or Free Milk. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from Human Services Department HSD or FDPIR office that a child is a member of a household currently receiving benefits. School officials will notify households of their eligibility, but those who do not want their child(ren) to receive free meals must contact the school. SNAP, FDPIR and TANF households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility

by (insert date) .

 

 

 

 

 

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PRESS RELEASE TEMPLATE for CEP

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Provided by: Coordinated School Health and Wellness Bureau

Insert the text below into your local school district?s formal press release document. Edit the information in yellow to tailor to your specific district. You may also add a photo or additional pertinent information to accompany this press release; and submit to your local media outlets. Follow-up by making phone calls.

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[Health Leadership High School] to Participate in Community Eligibility Provision

 

MEDIA CONTACT: [Blanca Lopez, Director, 505-750-4547]

July 1, 2015 Health Leadership High School is slated to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Free Meal Reimbursement in School Year 2016. Through CEP, a school district, a group of schools or a single school may offer meals at no charge to all students. This eliminates the procedure of distributing and processing meal applications.

The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 includes the implementation of CEP to insure that every student in low-income neighborhoods and/or districts can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). To qualify, a district or school must have 40 percent or more of its students eligible for free meals based on direct certification.

 

By participating in CEP and eliminating the need for meal applications, [Insert SFA] will reduce administrative and printing costs. Families also benefit from the elimination of completing and submitting meal applications.

CEP is available to the entire country during School Year 2015.

 

?The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

 

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

 

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

 

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.?

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PRESS RELEASE TEMPLATE for Provision II

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Provided by: NM PED – Coordinated School Health and Wellness Bureau

Insert the text below into your local school district?s formal press release document. Edit the information in yellow to tailor to your specific district. You may also add a photo or additional pertinent information to accompany this press release; and submit to your local media outlets. Follow-up by making phone calls.

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[Health Leadership High School] to Participate in Provision II

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Blanca Lopez, Director, 505-750-4547]

July 1, 2016, Albuquerque is participating in the National School Breakfast/Lunch Program for the current school year (School Year). If your children attend any of the schools listed,(list schools)[optional] breakfast/lunch will be available to them at no charge. All students enrolled at this school may participate in the breakfast/lunch program at no charge to them.

 

Studies have shown that children who are not hungry do better in school. By providing breakfast/lunch to all children at no charge, we are hoping to create a better learning environment for our students.

 

The school breakfast and lunch that we serve follows U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines for healthy school meals. The National School Breakfast/Lunch Program cannot succeed without your support; please encourage your children to eat school breakfast and school lunch

 

Applications will be distributed this year and will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price percentages to establish our base year and will be used in non-base years of the program. All meals will be served to all students at no charge regardless of the eligibility status.

 

 

 

?The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or if all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

 

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

 

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

 

USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.?

 

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