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August 15, 2013

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn. Henrico County Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day.  Student breakfast costs $ 1.40 and lunch costs $2.50. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals.  Reduced price breakfast costs $ .30 and lunch costs $.40. All meals served must meet standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  However, if a student has been determined by a doctor to be disabled and the disability prevents the student from eating the regular school meal, the school will make substitutions prescribed by the doctor.  If a substitution is prescribed, there will be no extra charge for the meal.  If your student needs substitutions because of a disability, please contact Jamie Jerabek at 804-226-5535 for further information.  
 
Children who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are eligible for free meals regardless of income.  Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside.  Children who are members of households participating in WIC may also be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on the household’s income.  If your total household income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, shown on the chart below, your child(ren) may get free meals or reduced price meals.  Your child(ren)’s application from last school year is only good for the first few days of this school year.  YOU MUST SEND IN A NEW HOUSEHOLD APPLICATION FOR EACH SCHOOL YEAR.

INCOME CHART
Effective July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Weekly

1

21,257

1,772

409

2

28,694

2,392

552

3

36,131

3,011

695

4

43,568

3,631

838

5

51,005

4,251

981

6

58,442

4,871

1,124

7

65,879

5,490

1,267

8

73,316

6,110

1,410

For Each Additional Famiy Member

Add

+7,437

+620

+144

Households that are receiving SNAP or TANF for their children before July 1 may not have to fill out an application. School Nutrition Services Office will notify you in writing of your child’s eligibility and your child will be provided meal benefits, unless you tell the office that you do not wish to receive them. If you are not notified by Monday September 9, 2013, you must submit an application.  The application must contain the name of all students in the household, the SNAP or TANF case number, and the signature of an adult household member.

If you do not receive SNAP or TANF benefits for your child(ren) complete the application and return it to the school division. An income based application must contain the child’s name, the names of all household members, and the amount of income each person received last month and how often the income is received. An adult household member must sign the application and include their social security number. If the person does not have a number, check the box provided.

If you are applying for a homeless, migrant, or runaway child, an application may not be necessary. Contact Deborah Reed (homeless liaison) at 652-3854.

 

 

IF YOU NEED HELP FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION FORM, PLEASE CONTACT THE SCHOOL YOUR CHILD ATTENDS OR THE SCHOOL NUTRITION SERVICES OFFICE AT 226-5544.

Sincerely,

Paul E. Kelly
Director, Henrico County School Nutrition Services

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