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Chesterfield Free Lunch Eligibility

Chesterfield County students may be eligible

August 31, 2018 - 12:13 pm

Chesterfield County Public Schools provides nutritious breakfasts and lunches in every school. Based on household
size and income, students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program
and/or the School Breakfast Program.

Online submission of applications is available at Paper application forms will be
distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free or reduced-price meals for
their children. Applications are also available at each school and at Central Office.

Information that families submit is entirely confidential, as is the process for obtaining a meal. Going through the
cafeteria line is exactly the same for students receiving free or reduced-price meals as it is for students who do not
qualify for the program.

Only one application per family is required. The information households provide on the application will be used for
determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by
school or other program officials.

Household size and income determine whether a family qualifies for free or reduced-price meals under the National
School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. (A chart at the end of this news release includes qualifying

•  Children who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
(TANF) may be automatically eligible for free meals.

o  Households that receive SNAP benefits or TANF may not have to complete an application for free or
reduced price student meals. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on
documentation, obtained directly from the Virginia Department of Social Services, that a child is a
member of a household currently receiving SNAP or TANF. School officials will notify these
households in writing of their eligibility. Households who are notified of their eligibility, but who do
not want their children to receive free meals, must contact the school. SNAP and TANF households
must complete an application if they are not notified in writing of their automatic eligibility within
the first 10 days of the new school year.

•  Children who are homeless, migrant, or runaway may also be automatically eligible for free meals.

•  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 eligible for Medicaid
may also be eligible for free or reduced price meals based on the household’s income.

•  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. However, if SNAP or TANF families were not contacted before
school opens Sept. 6, they should fill out an application for free or reduced-price meals.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, a fiscal technician will review applications and
determine eligibility. An application for free or reduced-price meals cannot be approved unless it is complete.
Households dissatisfied with the ruling of the eligibility determining official may wish to discuss the decision with
the official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may
make a request either verbally or in writing to:

Christina Berta, Chief Financial Officer
7610 Whitepine Road
North Chesterfield, VA 23237
(804) 743-3717

Households may apply for free or reduced price meals at any time during the school year. If a household is not
eligible now but has a change, such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, becomes
unemployed or qualifies for SNAP or TANF, the household should contact the school for an application. Such
changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household's income falls at or below the
Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.

Household size                              Maximum                                    Household income for
                                                       annual household                        reduced-price meals 
                                                       income for free meals 

1                                                     $15,782                                       $15, 782.01-$22,459

2                                                     $21,398                                       $21,398.01-$30,451

3                                                     $27,014                                       $27,014.01-$38,443

4                                                     $32,630                                       $32,630.01-$46,435

5                                                     $38,246                                       $38,246.01-$54,427

6                                                     $43,862                                       $43,862.01-$62,419

7                                                     $49,478                                       $49,478.01-$70,411

8                                                     $55,094                                       $55,094.01-$78,403

for each additional                         $5,616                                         $7,992

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