Plymouth schools accepting applications for free or reduced-price lunch

Published on Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:39
Written by BRIAN M. JOHNSON

@brianjohnsonBP

PLYMOUTH - The Plymouth Public Schools have announced their policy for determining eligibility of children who receive free or reduced-price lunches through the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program or Special Milk Program.

Applications are being sent home with all students on the first day of school. They can also be picked up in the main office of any Plymouth school, on the website Plymouth.k12.ct.us, or by calling 860-314-2761. Applications can be submitted at any time during the year.

The United States Department of Agriculture income eligibility guidelines will be effective through June 30, 2020.

Families with one child must have an annual gross income of $23,107 or less. Families with two children must have an annual gross income of $31,284 or less. For every additional child, the family can have an annual gross income of $8,177 higher.

Information provided on the application is confidential and will only be used for the purposes of determining eligibility. All school-aged children can receive benefits regardless of immigration status and the school does not release information for immigration related purposes.

Schools may share eligibility information with education, health and nutrition programs to help them determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews and law enforcement officials looking into violations of program rules.

No application is required if a district certifies a child based on a household member receiving assistance from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). All children in those households are eligible for free meal benefits.

Additionally, no application is required if the district directly certifies a child based on Medicaid (HUSKY). All children in these households are also eligible for free meal benefits.

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are categorically eligible for free meals. A foster parent does not need to complete an application. They should instead submit a copy of the legal document or court order showing that the child is a foster child.

Applications from all other households require a statement of total household income, household size, the names of all household family members and the last four digits of the social security number of an adult household member. The adult household member must also sign the application to verify the information.

If a household member becomes unemployed or a household size changes, the family should contact their school and file a new application.

A formal appeal can be made orally in writing to Hearing Office Paul Hendrickson, business manager at Plymouth Public Schools, by calling 860-314-2761 or emailing hendricksonp@plymouth.k12.ct.us.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.



Posted in The Bristol Press, Plymouth on Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:39. Updated: Thursday, 8 August 2019 09:41.