FREE AND REDUCED COST MEALS OFFERED TO LOCAL STUDENTS

FREE AND REDUCED COST MEALS OFFERED TO LOCAL STUDENTS

The Federal government provides free or reduced-cost meals for eligible students locally. Reporter Dan Stork outlines the eligibility requirements, and how to apply for the program…
There are several ways that public school students can qualify for free or reduced-price meals at school. Households that receive Food Stamp, CalWORKS, Kin-GAP or FDPIR benefits may not have to complete a separate application. Instead, school officials will use documentation they get directly from those agencies about families, and will notify such households directly. However, households who are part of these programs but who haven’t been notified of their eligibility by August 10, should complete the standard application. Other families may apply and be evaluated based upon household size and income. For example, in a household of four people, children are eligible for free lunch, breakfast, and milk if the annual household income is less than $30,615. The ceiling goes up more than $5000 for each additional household member. For reduced price food, the family-of-four annual income ceiling is $43,568, and goes up more than $7000 for each extra person. Applications are available online at www.morongo.k12.ca.us or at schools or other Morongo Unified School District sites. You can apply at any time during the school year. Eligibility for a foster child is based on a separate application, and depends upon the child’s “personal use” income.

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