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Free & Reduced Meal Information

The free and reduced-price meal program is available under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.  Applications are mailed to every student’s home during the summer.  Applications are also available during registration.  If a family’s financial situation changes at any time, an application may also be submitted during the school year. Applicants will be notified in writing concerning their child’s eligibility.

Only one completed application listing all family members is needed to determine the meal status for all students in the family.


Guidelines

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Household Size and Income Guidelines for Free Meals or Reduced Price Meals

Effective July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010

(1) Income Guidelines for Free Meals – 130%

(2) Income Guidelines for Reduced Price Meals – 185%

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

(1)

14,079

1,174

587

542

271

(1)

20,036

1,670

835

771

386

(2)

18,941

1,579

790

729

365

(2)

26,955

2,247

1,124

1,037

519

(3)

23,803

1,984

992

916

458

(3)

33,874

2,823

1,412

1,303

652

(4)

28,665

2,389

1,195

1,103

552

(4)

40,793

3,400

1,700

1,569

785

(5)

33,527

2,794

1,397

1,290

645

(5)

47,712

3,976

1,988

1,836

918

(6)

38,389

3,200

1,600

1,477

739

(6)

54,631

4,553

2,277

2,102

1,051

(7)

43,251

3,605

1,803

1,664

832

(7)

61,550

5,130

2,565

2,368

1,184

(8)

48,113

4,010

2,005

1,851

926

(8)

68,469

5,706

2,853

2,634

1,317

For each Additional

Family Member

+4,862

+406

+203

+187

+94

 

+6,919

+577

+289

+267

+134

















For school officials to determine eligibility the household must provide the following information on the application: (1) A food stamp or TANF case number certifying the household is currently eligible for either of these assistance programs and an adult household member signature or (2) names of all household members, the name and social security number of the adult household member signing the application form, current income by source for each household member and a signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.
 
Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits regardless of household income. If a household has foster children living with them and wish to apply for such meals for them, they may do so by completing a separate application form.


Frequently Asked Questions about Free & Reduced Meals

1. Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

No. Complete only one application per household to apply for free or reduced price meals. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information using black ink. Return the completed application to: Pickens County Schools, School Nutrition Department, 133 Railroad Street, Pickens, SC 29671.

2. Who may qualify for free meals?

Children in households receiving Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children may receive free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children may receive free price meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.

3. Can homeless, runaway and migrant children receive free meals?

Please call 1-866-888-2424, Ext. 123, to see if your children(ren) qualify, if you have not been informed that they will receive free meals.

4. Who may qualify for reduced price meals?

Your children may qualify for low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Chart.

5. Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free or  reduced price meals?

Please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. Call the district at 1-866-850-9409, Ext. 21, or 864-878-8700, Ext. 21, if you have questions.

6. I get WIC. Do my child(ren) qualify to receive free meals?

Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.

7. Will the information I give be checked?

Yes, we may ask you to send written proof.

8. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?

Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start receiving Food Stamps, TANF or other benefits. If you lose your job, your children may be able to receive free or reduced price meals.

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 to: Sally Gardner, 133 Railroad Street, Pickens, SC 29671 or calling 1-866-850-9409.

10. 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 a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

11. 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). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.

12. What if my income is not always the same?

List the amount that you normally get. For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes.

13. We are in the military; do we include our housing allowance as income?

If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. All other allowances must be included in your gross income.

If you have questions or need help, please call 864-878-8700, Ext. 21. 

 


The School District of Pickens County operates without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, national origin, age, or disability
in compliance with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and all other applicable civil rights legislation.
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