Lunch Program Federal Guideline for 2019-2020

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FREE AND REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEALS

August 1, 2019

Dear Parent/Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn Datil-Quemado Schools offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast is FREE!!; lunch costs $2.60 per mealYour children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.40 for lunch. If you chose not to participate or do not qualify the cost for each child will be $390.00 per year at full price and $60.00 per child at a reduced price. If your child qualifies for reduced lunches, plan to pay $60.00 per child per year. This packet includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

1.     Who can get free OR REDUCED PRICE meals?

·       All children in households receiving benefits from New Mexico SNAP, FDPIR or New Mexico TANF

·       Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.

·       Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.

·       Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.

·       Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.

Federal Guidelines for 2019-2020 School Year

Household Size

Reduced Annual

Reduced Monthly

Free Annual

Free Monthly

1

23,107

1,926

16,237

1,354

2

31,284

2,607

21,983

1,832

3

39,461

3,289

27,729

2,311

4

47,638

3,970

33,475

2,790

5

55,815

4,652

39,221

3,269

6

63,992

5,333

44,967

3,748

7

72,169

6,015

50,713

4,024

8

80,346

6,696

56,459

4,705

Each additional person +

8,177

682

5,746

479

 

 

2.     HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS homeless, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY? Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail [Don Goodman, Principal, homeless liaison or migrant coordinator.

3.     Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Nichole Sanders, PO Box 128, Quemado, NM 87829, 575-773-4645, nlsanders@quemadoschools.org.

4.     SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, Nichole Sanders, PO Box 128, Quemado, NM 87829, 575-773-4645, nlsanders@quemadoschools.org immediately.

5.     MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE? Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through September 1, 2019. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals , your child will be charged the full price for meals.

6.     I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.

7.     Will the information I give be checked? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.

8.            If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

9.            What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing toCindy Orthman, Principal, PO Box 128, Quemado, NM 87829, 575-773-4700, corthman@quemadoschools.org

10.        May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.

11.        What if my income is not always the same?List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

12.        WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT? Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

13.   We are in the military. do we REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. Ifyou get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

14.   WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY? List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Nichole Sanders, PO Box 128, Quemado, NM 87829, 575-773-4645, nlsanders@quemadoschools.org] to receive a second application.

15.   My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for New Mexico SNAP 575-835-0342 or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 800-552-8195.

If you have other questions or need help, call 575-773-4645 and ask for Nichole.

Sincerely,

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Nichole Sanders, Food Service Director

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