HOPKINS COUNTY, Ky. (7/30/13) – The Hopkins County School System has announced a policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals for students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program.
Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting Michael Dodridge, 320 S. Seminary Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431, (270) 825-6000.
Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals. An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size.
Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals, households must complete the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.
Households that receive SNAP or KTAP are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP / KTAP case number, and signature of adult household member.
Foster children will receive benefits based on information submitted on the household application or information received from an appropriate agency.
Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact the district liaison, Shannon Owen at (270) 825-6000.
For the purpose of determining household size, deployed military members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income.
All other households must provide the following information listed on the application:
• Total household income listed by gross amount received, type of income (e.g., wages, child support, etc.) and how often the income is received by each household member;
• Names of all household members;
• Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
• The last four digits of the social security number of the adult signing the application or the word “NONE” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, then the school should be contacted. Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals.
Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy, Michael Dodridge, (270) 825-6000, will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to Linda Zellich, 320 S. Seminary Street, Madisonville, Kentucky 42431, (270) 825-6000.
In accordance with the Sponsor’s disclosure agreement, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs.
To determine annual income:
• If you receive the income every week, multiply the total gross income by 52.
• If you receive the income every two weeks, multiply the total gross income by 26.
• If you receive the income twice a month, multiply the total gross income by 24.
• If you receive the income monthly, multiply the total gross income by 12.
The total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported.
Hopkins County Schools will again provide free breakfast and lunch to elementary students through the USDA’s Community Eligibility Option.
Breakfast/lunch will be served at no charge during the 2013-2014 school year to all students at the following sites: Earlington Elementary School, Grapevine Elementary School, Hanson Elementary School, Jesse Stuart Elementary School, Pride Elementary School, Southside Elementary School, West Broadway Elementary School and West Hopkins School.
This is the second year the district has participated in this program.
Information provided by Lori Harrison
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