Free and Reduced Price Meals

The SASD participates in the federal program that allows students to apply for free or reduced price meal benefits. All meals served must meet patterns established by the US Department of Agriculture.

If you receive food stamps or TANF benefits for your children, your children can get free meals. If your household income is the same or less than the amounts on the Federal Income Guidelines shown below, your children can get free meals or reduced price meals. A foster child may get free meals or reduced price meals. The reduced price lunch is $.40 daily while the reduced price breakfast is $.30 daily.

To get free or reduced price meal benefits for your children, you must complete an application and return it to school. Applications will be sent home the beginning of each school year. Applications that are not complete cannot be approved. Please complete the application, sign it and return it to school.

For more information, please contact Jane L. Natali, Supervisor of Food Services, via e-mail at jnatali@soudertonsd.org or telephone at 215-723-6061 extension
10213.

Frequently Asked Questions

 


How to Apply
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Families may apply for free and reduced priced school meal benefits on-line through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Application for Social Services (COMPASS) website. COMPASS allows Pennsylvanians to apply for a variety of social service programs such as food stamp benefits (FS), energy assistance, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and adult health care coverage. Families may use COMPASS to apply for free and reduced price school meal benefits only, or they can apply for the other services at the same time (FS, TANF, etc.) If you apply for free or reduced price school meal benefits through COMPASS, you do not need to submit a paper application.

If you prefer not to apply on-line, paper applications are located on the Free and Reduced Meals Application Web page, school offices, or by calling the Food Service office at 215-723-6061 ext.10213.


Income Eligibility Guidelines 2016-2017
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Note: The eligibility guidelines below are effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
Effective July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017
Annual Income

Family Size Free Meals or Milk (130% of Poverty Guidelines) Reduced Price Meals (185% of Poverty Guidelines) Not eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals or Milk
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
$0 to $15,444
$0 to $20,826
$0 to $26,208
$0 to $31,590
$0 to $36,972
$0 to $42,354
$0 to $47,749
$0 to $53,157
$15,445 to $21,978
$20,827 to $29,637
$26,209 to $37,296
$31,591 to $44,955
$36,973 to $52,614
$42,355 to $60,273
$47,750 to $67,951
$53,158 to $75,647
$21,979 and up
$29,638 and up
$37,297 and up
$44,956 and up
$52,615 and up
$60,274 and up
$67,952 and up
$75,648 and up
       
For each additional family member, Add: +$5,408 +$7,696 +$7,697

For Free Meals or Free Milk

Family Size Annual Income Once a Month Twice a Month (24 pay periods/year) Every Two Weeks (26 pay periods/year) Every Week
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
$15,444
$20,826
$26,208
$31,590
$36,972
$42,354
$47,749
$53,157

$1,287
$1,736
$2,184
$2,633
$3,081
$3,530
$3,980
$4,430

$644
$868
$1,092
$1,317
$1,541
$1,765
$1,990
$2,215
$594
$801
$1,008
$1,215
$1,422
$1,629
$1,837
$2,045
$ 297
$ 401
$ 504
$ 608
$ 711
$ 815
$ 919
$ 1,023
For each additional family member, Add: +$5,408 +$451 +$226 +$208 +$104

For Reduced Price Meals

Family Size Annual Income Once a Month Twice a Month (24 pay periods/year) Every Two Weeks (26 pay periods/year) Every Week
One
Two
Three
Four
Five
Six
Seven
Eight
$21,978
$29,637
$37,296
$44,955
$52,614
$60,273
$67,951
$75,647
$1,832
$2,470
$3,108
$3,747
$4,385
$5,023
$5,663
$6,304
$916
$1,235
$1,554
$1,874
$2,193
$2,512
$2,832
$3,152
$846
$1,140
$1,435
$1,730
$2,024
$2,319
$2,614
$2,910
$ 423
$ 570
$ 718
$ 865
$1,012
$1,160
$1,307
$1,455
For each additional family member, Add: +$7,696 +$642 +$321 +$296 +$148

Conversion required if there are multiple income sources with more than one frequency, the LEA must annualize all income by multiplying:

  • weekly income by 52
  • bi-weekly income (received every two weeks) by 26
  • semi-monthly income (received twice a month) by 24
  • monthly income by 12

How Often Do I Need to Apply?
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A free or reduced application must be completed and approved each school year. Eligibility from the previous school year is carried over into the next school year for the first thirty (30) school days to allow parents time to re-apply. If a new application has not been received and approved by the 31st day of school (generally the middle of October) eligibility for the program is forfeited, and parents are responsible for all meal charges incurred.

The parent and/or guardian will be notified by the Food Service Department via letter of the results of the processed free or reduced meal application.


Re-application
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You may apply for meal benefits anytime during the school year. If you are not eligible now, but have a change, like a decrease in household income or an increase in household size, become unemployed or get food stamps or TANF for your children, complete an application.


Students Transferring from Another District
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Students approved for free and reduced price meal benefits at another school district are not eligible in our district until an application has been received and approved by the SASD or a copy of the approval letter from the transferring school district is received by us. If a member of your household receives Food Stamps or TANF Cash Assistance, your child is eligible for free meals but an application is still needed to notify us that your child qualifies for meal benefits.


What Benefits Will My Child Receive If Approved For Free Or Reduced Price Meal Benefits?
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Children eligible for free meal benefits receive one full breakfast and one full lunch per day free of charge. Children eligible for reduced price meal benefits receive one full breakfast at a cost of $.30 daily and a full lunch at a cost of $.40 daily. If a child chooses less than a “complete meal”, the student is charged a la carte pricing for the item(s) selected. (For example, students who just take milk are charged $.60).


Confidentiality
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School officials use the information on the application only to decide if your children should get free or reduced price meal benefits. When a student goes through the breakfast or lunch line, the only information they are required to give is their student identification number. A student’s meal status is kept strictly confidential. There is no differentiation between a student who gets free or reduced meal benefits or a student who pays full price for their meals.

The computer recognizes the status of students eligible for free or reduced meal programs and charges the appropriate amount. Students eligible for free meals do not need to deposit money into their accounts for meals but are welcome to make deposits to be used for a la carte purchases. Students eligible for reduced price meals must deposit enough money into their account to cover their purchases.


Verification
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Your eligibility for meal benefits may be checked at any time during the school year. School officials may ask you to send documentation showing that your children are eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits. Federal rules require that we do this to make sure only eligible children receive free or reduced price meal benefits. If you are selected as part of this review process, you will be notified by mail and given specific instructions on how to comply with the information request and the deadlines that the information must be submitted by. Please be aware that if you are selected and you do not comply with the Verification process, your child’s meal benefits will be stopped.


Fair Hearing
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You may talk to school officials if you do not agree with the school’s decision on your application or the results of the certification. You may also ask for a fair hearing. You may do this by writing or calling:

Director of Business Affairs, Bill Stone
760 Lower Road
Souderton, PA 18964-2311
Phone: 215-723-6061
wstone@soudertonsd.org


Use of Information Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us.

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) E-mail: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.