Greenwood Events
Thursday, August 17th, 2000

School to sponsor US free lunch program
Woodbridge School District has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Each school and the office of the director of administrative service has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone.

The household size and income criteria chart will be used for determining eligibility. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.

Meal benefit forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households should fill out the forms and return them to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal's office in each school. The information provided will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data.

For school officials to determine eligibility, households receiving food stamps or A Better Chance must list the child's name, the food stamp or A Better Chance case number and the signature of an adult household member. Households not receiving food stamps or A Better Chance must list the names of all household members, the amount of income each household member received last month and where it came from, and the signature of an adult household member and that adult's Social Security Number.

Meal benefit forms may be submitted at any time during the year. Under the provisions of the free and reduced price policy, school officials will review meal benefit forms and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to David Winski, P.O. Box 427, Bridgeville, DE 19933, 337-8296, for a hearing on the decision.

Reporting changes: If your children get meals based on income information, you must tell the school if your household size decreases or your income increases by more than $50 per month or $600 per year. If you children get meals based on A Better Chance/food stamp.information, you must advise the school if you no longer get A Better Chance or food stamps for your children.
In certain cases foster children are eligible for school meal benefits. If a household wishes to apply for benefits for foster children, the household should contact the school for more information.

In the operation of programs administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, national origin, age or disability. To allege discrimination, write to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.