Sequoyah Schools releases meals policy

BY STAFF REPORTS
08/02/2018 12:00 PM
TAHLEQUAH – On Aug. 1, Sequoyah Schools announced its policy for free or reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the After-School Snack Program.

Due to regulations, all school food authorities or institutions must annually submit a public release to the media, local unemployment offices, companies contemplating layoffs, grassroots organizations and interested individuals in that district’s area upon request.

Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households should fill out the application and return it to the school.

Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

For school food authorities to determine eligibility, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations benefits must list the children’s names, a SNAP, TANF or FDPIR case number and the signature of an adult household member.

All children in households with any household member receiving benefits under assistance programs are eligible for free meals. Children in Other Source Categorically Eligible (i.e., children categorized as homeless, migrant, runaway, Head Start, Even Start, and foster children, if known) are also eligible for free meals.

If parents or guardians do not list a SNAP, TANF OR FDPIR case number, then the application must have the children’s names, total household members, the amount of income each member received last month, the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of the adult’s social security number or mark the box if he or she does not have one.

Foster children also categorically qualify for free meals/milk, regardless of child’s income. If you have foster children living with you and you wish to apply for such meals or milk for them, complete the application as instructed.

Under the provision of the policy SFA Deena Johnson will review applications and determine eligibility.

If denied free or reduced meals, parents or guardians wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request, either orally or in writing, for a hearing to appeal the decision to: Steve Jones at 17091 S. Muskogee, Tahlequah, OK 74464.

Click here to view the policy.

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