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Durant Public Schools has announced its policy for free or reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and After-School Snack Program.

Local school officials adopted household size and income criteria for determining eligibility. The scale for free meals is set at 130 percent of poverty level and ranges from $15,171 annually for a household of one to $52,117 per year for a household of eight.

The reduced-price scale ranges from $21,590 per year for a one-person household to $74,167 per year for an eight-person household.

Both charts are broken down further to calculate limits for homes with more than eight residents and income received on a weekly to monthly basis.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply, fill out the form and return it to the school. Additional copies are available in the principal’s office at each site and may be submitted at any time throughout the year. Information provided is confidential and will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by district or other program officials.

For school officials to determine eligibility, households receiving benefits through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations must list each child’s name; the related SNAP, TANF or FDPIR case number; and the signature of an adult household member. If the SNAP, TANF or FDPIR case number isn’t listed for all children on the application, the application must have the children’s names, all household members’ names, amount of income each person received the previous month and its source, signature of an adult household member and that adult’s Social Security number (or mark the corresponding box if the adult does not have a SSN).

Any household member currently certified to receive SNAP, TANF or FDPIR benefits will be notified of the enrolled child’s eligibility and that the child will be provided free benefits unless the household provides notification to decline benefits. Any such household that hasn’t been notified after Aug. 7 will need to submit an application.

Foster children also categorically qualify for free meals/milk, regardless of the child’s income. People housing foster children should complete the application as instructed.

Applications will be reviewed by child nutrition program personnel to determine eligibility. Parents or guardians who want to make a formal appeal may make a request orally or in writing to Duane Merideth at 1323 Waco St. Copies of the policy also are available at that address, which is the central administration office.

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