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Howe Public Schools has released their Free and Reduced Meals Eligibility Scales. See below.

ATTACHMENT E

PUBLIC RELEASE – PRICING SCHOOLS

 

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

Date submitted to news media: 8/6/20

Name(s) of media outlets and companies submitted  to: Oklahoma  Welcome/okwnews.com. Howe Public School today announced its policy for free or reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the School Breakfast Program (SBP), and the After-School Snack Program (ASSP).

Local SFA officials have adopted the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility:

Eligibility Scale for Free Meals 130 Percent of Poverty Level

Household Size

Income

 

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

16,588

1,383

692

638

319

2

22,412

1,868

934

862

431

3

28,236

2,353

1,177

1,086

543

4

34,060

2,839

1,420

1,310

655

5

39,884

3,324

1,662

1,534

767

6

45,708

3,809

1,905

1,758

879

7

51,532

4,295

2,148

1,982

991

8

57,356

4,780

2,390

2,206

1,103

For each additional family member, add:

5,824

486

243

224

112

Eligibility Scale for Reduced-Price Meals 185 Percent of Poverty Level

Household Size

Income

 

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

23,606

1,968

984

908

454

2

31,984

2,658

1,329

1,227

614

3

40,182

3,349

1,675

1,546

773

4

48,470

4,040

2,020

1,865

933

5

56,758

4,730

2,365

2,183

1,092

6

65,046

5,421

2,711

2,502

1,251

7

73,334

6,112

3,056

2,821

1,411

8

81,622

6,802

3,401

3,140

1,570

For each additional family member, add:

8,288

691

346

319

160


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 SFA officials to determine eligibility, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) 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 YOU 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 the 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, please complete the application as instructed.

Under  the  provision  of  the  policy Christie Bennett will review applications and determine eligibility.

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: Christie Bennett

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. The school’s policy statement contains an outline of the hearing procedure.

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) email:      .

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Each school and the office of the Howe Public Schools has a copy of the policy which may be reviewed by any interested party.

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