Schools announce free, reduced price meals policy

Last updated: August 06. 2014 6:19AM - 217 Views
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Charles Warner|Daily TimesThe end of summer is fast approaching, especially for children who will soon be starting or returning to school. The schools of Union County are preparing for this reality including this sign announcing the registration for the new school year at Foster Park Elementary School. Parents can pick up their children's registration packets this week. Registration at FPES will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13.
Charles Warner|Daily TimesThe end of summer is fast approaching, especially for children who will soon be starting or returning to school. The schools of Union County are preparing for this reality including this sign announcing the registration for the new school year at Foster Park Elementary School. Parents can pick up their children's registration packets this week. Registration at FPES will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13.
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UNION COUNTY — Do you have questions about your child’s speech? Their hearing? Their vision? Development?


If you do, then the Union County School District will provide free screening for vision, hearing, speech, and other developmental problems for children ages three through five years old on Friday, Aug. 15.


The screening program, which is an annual service provided by the district, will be held from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. at the District Office Annex located at 120 Lakeside Drive behind the Union County YMCA.


The program is primarily for children who are not presently enrolled in the public schools.


A parent or guardian must accompany the child at the screening.


For more information call 864-429-1735.


Meals Policy

The district has also announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.


Local school officials have adopted the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility for free meals or reduced price meals effect July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015:


Income Guidelines for Free Meals — 130%


Household size — 1


Income — $15,171 (annual), $1,265 (monthly), $633 (twice per month), $584 (every two weekends), $292 (weekly)


Household Size — 2


Income — $20,449 (annual) $1,705 (monthly), $853 (twice per month), $787 (every two weekends), $394 (weekly)


Household Size — 3


Income — $25,727 (annual), $2,144 (monthly) $1,072 (twice per month) $990 (every two weekends) $495 (weekly)


Household Size — 4


Income — $31,005 (annual), $2,584 (monthly), $1,292 (twice per month), $1,193 (every two weekends) $597 (weekly)


Household Size — 5


Income —


$36,283 (annual), $3,024 (monthly), $1,512 (twice per month) $1,396 (every two weekends) $698 (weekly)


House Size — 6


Income — $41,561 (annual), $3,464 (monthly), $1,732 (twice per month), $1,599 (every two weekends), $800 (weekly)


House Size — 7


Income — $46,839 (annual), $3,904 (monthly), $1,952 (twice per month), $1,802 (every two weekends), $901 (weekly)


House Size — 8


Income — $52,117 (annual), $4,344 (monthly), $2,172 (twice per month), $2,005 (every two weekends), $1,003 (weekly)


For each additional family member add $5,278 (annual), $440 (monthly), $220 (twice per month), $203 (every two weekends), $102 (weekly).


Income Guidelines for Reduced Price Meals — 185%


Household size — 1


Income — $21,590 (annual), $1,800 (monthly), $900 (twice per month), $831 (every two weekends), $416 (weekly)


Household Size — 2


Income — $29,101 (annual), $2,426 (monthly), $1,213 (twice per month), $1,120 (every two weekends), $560 (weekly)


Household Size — 3


Income — $36,612 (annual), $3,051 (monthly), $1,526 (twice per month), $1,409 (every two weekends), $705 (weekly)


Household Size — 4


Income — $44,123 (annual), $3,677 (monthly), $1,839 (twice per month), $1,698 (every two weekends), $849 (weekly)


Household Size — 5


Income — $51,634 (annual), $4,303 (monthly), $2,152 (twice per month), $1,986 (every two weekends), $993 (weekly)


House Size — 6


Income — $59,145 (annual), $4,929 (monthly), $2,465 (twice per month), $2,275 (every two weekends), $1,138 (weekly)


House Size — 7


Income — $66,656 (annual), $5,555 (monthly), $2,778 (twice per month), $2,564 (every two weekends), $1,282 (weekly)


House Size — 8


Income — $74,167 (annual), $6,181 (monthly), $3,091 (twice per month), $2,853 (every two weekends), $1,427 (weekly)


For each additional family member add $7,511 (annual), $626 (monthly), $313 (twice per month), $289 (every two weekends), $145 (weekly).


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


For school officials to determine eligibility the household must provide the following information on the application: (1) A SNAP 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 last four digits of the 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 the household has not previously been notified by the School District that their foster children have been directly certified for free meals, the household may either include and count the foster children (including personal income earned by the foster children) on the household application form with other non-foster children or complete a separate application form with the names of the foster children.


Under the provisions of the policy Mrs. Susan Thompson, Director of Food Service, will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the reviewing official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewer on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Mr. Lynn Lawson, Finance Officer, whose address is: 130 W. Main St. Union, SC for a hearing to appeal the decision. The hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.


If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes, the household should contact the school to file a meal application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for free or reduced price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above. A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the office of the District Superintendent where any interested party may review it.


Non-Discrimination Statement


This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. “In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”


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