Attachment B: 2016-17

South Sioux City Community Schools

 2/25/2017

 Dear Parent/Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn. South Sioux City Community School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.55 (grades 6-12), lunch costs $2.60 (grades PK 5) and $2.85 (grades 6-12). Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $1.50/week for breakfast and $2.00/week for lunch.

If your child(ren) qualified for free or reduced-price meals at the end of last school year, you must submit a new application by September 23, 2016, in order to avoid an interruption in meal benefits.

Frequently asked questions and answers:
 
1. Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
 No. Complete the application to apply for free or reduced-price meals. 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. Submit the completed application.

2. Who can get free or reduced meals?
All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free or reduded meals if your household’s gross income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.

3. Can foster children get free meals?
Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.

4. Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free meals?
Yes, children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway or migrant qualify for free meals. If you haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call Rebecca Eckhardtat 402-494-2425 to see if they qualify.

5. Who can get reduced price meals?
Your children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Eligibility Income Chart shown with this application.

6. Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free meals?
Please read the letter carefully and follow the instructions. Call the Nutrition Office at 402-494-8429 if you have questions.

7. My child’s application was approved last year for meal benefits. Do I need to fill out another one?
Yes, your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.

8. I receive WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.

9. Will the information I give be checked?
Yes, we may ask you to send written proof.

10. 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 or reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

11. 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 to: Vernon Fisher, Superintendent, 210 W 39th Street, PO Box 158, South Sioux City, NE 68776.

12. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

13. Who should I include as members of my household?
You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends) who share income and expenses. You must include yourself and all children living with you. If you live with other people who are economically independent (for example, people who you do not support, who do not share income with you or your children and who pay a pro-rated share of expenses), do not include them.

14. 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 make $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.

15. We are in the military. Do we include our housing allowance as income?
If you get an off-base housing allowance, it must be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income.

16. My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is his combat pay counted as income?
No, if the combat pay is received in addition to his basic pay because of his deployment and it wasn’t received before he was deployed, combat pay is not included as income. Contact your school for more information.

17. My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?
To find out how to apply for SNAP or other economic assistance benefits, please go online to ACCESSNebraska.ne.gov or call 1-800-383-4278.

If you have other questions or need help, call 402-494-8429.
Si necesita ayuda, por favor llame al teléfono: 402-412-2822.
Si vous voudriez d’aide, contactez nous au numero: 402-412-2822.

Sincerely,

Nutrition Office

South Sioux City Schools

RULES for the BREAKFAST/LUNCH PROGRAM taken from STUDENT HANDBOOK
Breakfast and hot lunch are served at all South Sioux City schools. Payments may be deposited into your child’s account any day of the week. Extra milk may also be purchased. Universal Breakfast will be offered free of charge to all Kindergarten –Fifth Grade children in the elementary schools. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria beginning at 7:30 a.m. each morning. Some parents may qualify to receive free or reduced price meals for their children. If you believe you are eligible for this assistance, you must complete the online application form every year. Free/reduced lunch application forms are available at your child’s school and also available our website at ssccardinals.org. Families will need to pay full price for meals until their application has been approved and families are responsible to pay the accrued amounts even after the application has been approved. When preparing a student’s lunch, healthy lunch and beverages are encouraged (no pop). Students are given a lunch account number. This number records the lunch/breakfast purchases and maintains a balance of funds left in the student account for meal purchases. For families who have more than one student, a family balance will be maintained that will be a combination of all student family members. The food services staff will verbally inform students when the student or family account has reached a negative balance. When a student or family has reached a cash balance that exceeds negative $10, the student(s) and their parent(s) will be notified of the deficit and (for all subsequent occurrences) the student will be served a reimbursable meal consisting of cheese sandwich, fruit or vegetable, and milk at lunch until the student or family account reaches a positive balance. The normal charge for this reimbursable meal will be added to the student’s lunch account. Breakfast will not be served to students with a negative $10 balance. Cash or check deposits to the school lunch account may be made at all buildings, or credit card payments may be made on the District’s website.

Instructions for Completing the Free & Reduced Priced School Meals Family Application

For households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), follow these instructions:

Part 1: List each child’s name, the school they attend and their grade.
Part 2: Enter household’s Master Case Number if the household qualifies for SNAP, TANF or FDPIR.
Part 3: Skip this part.
Part 4: Complete this part. An adult must sign the form.
Part 5: This part is optional and does not affect your children’s eligibility for free or reduced price meals.

For households with FOSTER CHILDREN, follow these instructions:

If all children in the household are foster children:
Part 1: List all foster children, the school they attend and their grade. Check the box indicating the child is a foster child.
Part 2: Skip this part.
Part 3: Skip this part.
Part 4: Complete this part. An adult must sign the form.
Part 5: This part is optional and does not affect your children’s eligibility for free or reduced price meals.

If some of the children in the household are foster children:
Part 1: List all children, including foster children, the school they attend and their grade. Check the box if the child is a foster child.
Part 2: If the household does not have a Master Case Number, skip this part.
Part 3: Follow these instructions to report total household income from last month.
Column 1 – Household Members: List the first and last name of each person living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends) who share income and expenses. Attach another sheet of paper if necessary.
Column 2 - Gross Income and How Often it was Received: Gross income is the amount earned before taxes and other deductions; it is not your take-home pay. For each household member, list each type of income received for the month. You must also report how often the money is received – weekly, every other week, twice a month, or monthly.

Earnings from Work includes the following:
• Salary, wages, cash bonuses
• Net income from self-employment (farm or business)
If you are in the U.S. Military, include:
• Basic pay and cash bonuses (do not include combat pay, Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) payments or privatized housing allowances)
• Allowances for off-base housing, food and clothing
Do not include income from SNAP, FDPIR, WIC, Federal education benefits and foster care payments.

Public Assistance/Child Support/Alimony includes the following:
• Unemployment benefits, Worker’s compensation
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Cash assistance from state or local government
• Veteran’s benefits (VA benefits), Strike benefits
• Child support payments, Alimony payments

Pensions/Retirement/All Other Income includes the following:
• Social Security payments (including railroad retirement and black lung benefits)
• Private pensions or Disability benefits
• Regular income from trusts or estates, Annuities, Investment income, Earned interest, Rental income and Regular cash payments received from outside the household.

If you have no income, write “0” or leave the income field blank. If you do this, you are certifying there is no income to report.

Household Size: Enter the total number of people in your household.
Social Security Number: The adult signing the form must list the last four digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) or check the box to the right labeled “Check if no SSN.”

Part 4: Complete this part. An adult must sign the form.
Part 5: This part is optional and does not affect your children’s eligibility for free or reduced price meals.


For ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLDS, follow these instructions:

Part 1: List all children, the school they attend and their grade.
Part 2: If the household does not have a Master Case Number, skip this part.
Part 3: Follow these instructions to report total household income from last month.
Column 1 – Household Members: List the first and last name of each person living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives or friends) who share income and expenses. Attach another sheet of paper if necessary.
Column 2 - Gross Income and How Often it was Received: Gross income is the amount earned before taxes and other deductions; it is not your take-home pay. For each household member, list each type of income received for the month. You must also report how often the money is received – weekly, every other week, twice a month, or monthly.

Earnings from Work includes the following:
• Salary, wages, cash bonuses
• Net income from self-employment (farm or business)
If you are in the U.S. Military, include:
• Basic pay and cash bonuses (do not include combat pay, Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) payments or privatized housing allowances)
• Allowances for off-base housing, food and clothing
Do not include income from SNAP, FDPIR, WIC, Federal education benefits and foster care payments.

Public Assistance/Child Support/Alimony includes the following:
• Unemployment benefits, Worker’s compensation
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Cash assistance from state or local government
• Veteran’s benefits (VA benefits), Strike benefits
• Child support payments, Alimony payments

Pensions/Retirement/All Other Income includes the following:
• Social Security payments (including railroad retirement and black lung benefits)
• Private pensions or Disability benefits
• Regular income from trusts or estates, Annuities, Investment income, Earned interest, Rental income and Regular cash payments received from outside the household.

If you have no income, write “0” or leave the income field blank. If you do this, you are certifying there is no income to report.

Household Size: Enter the total number of people in your household.
Social Security Number: The adult signing the form must list the last four digits of their Social Security Number (SSN) or check the box to the right labeled “Check if no SSN.”

Part 4: Complete this part. An adult must sign the form.
Part 5: This part is optional and does not affect your children’s eligibility for free or reduced price meals.

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