ROWLAND UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
2017-2018 MEDIA RELEASE
FOR FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE MEALS
IN THE NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAM
Rowland Unified School District announced today its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Nutrition Services located at 1830 S. Nogales St., Rowland Heights, 91748, has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.
The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown here are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Income Eligibility Guidelines
July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
Applications and information regarding the free and reduced-price meal program will be mailed to the households of students enrolled in the Rowland Unified School District in grades TK-12. Applications will also be available in the Nutrition Services office or online at https://rowlandusd.rocketscanapps.com beginning July 12, 2017. In addition, applications are available at the school sites and school cafeterias throughout the school year. To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits, families complete one application per household listing all family members living in the household. In order for the application to be processed, it must be filled out completely and legibly. The information households provide on the application will be used to determine meal eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by Nutrition Services officials. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year to the school office or the Nutrition Services office.
Children who receive CalFresh (food stamps), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits may be automatically eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Students in these programs may not have to complete an Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals. Nutrition Services officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from the CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR office that a child is a member of a household currently receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits. Nutrition Services will notify households of their eligibility based on enrollment in these programs, by mail on or before July 31, 2017. Families who receive this letter should review the letter to make sure all their children have been listed. If any child was not listed on the eligibility notice, the parent or guardian should contact Nutrition Services to have benefits extended to that child. Households should complete an application if they have not been notified their child was automatically eligible for free meals. Any household member who receives CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits may submit an application listing their name and case number to help the children in their household qualify for free meals; the meal eligibility will be extended to all children listed on the application. Households who choose to decline benefits must contact Nutrition Services.
Students who are homeless, migrant, or runaway are also entitled to free meals. Families must contact their child’s school office for assistance in receiving benefits. Eligibility for a foster child is based solely on the child’s “personal use” income. A meal application may be submitted indicating the child’s homeless, migrant, runaway, or foster status.
Requirements for Nutrition Services officials to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits are as follows:
Families who participate in the Special/Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. They are encouraged to complete a meal application.
Applications from the previous school year will be carried over for the first 30 operating days of the new school year.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the determining official(s), as designated by Nutrition Services, shall review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility ruling may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. If after speaking with the Nutrition official, parents who are dissatisfied with the results, may make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision, and may do so orally or in writing to:
Alejandro Flores, Assistant Superintendent
Rowland Unified School District
1830 S. Nogales St., Rowland Heights, CA 91748
Families who do not qualify for may reapply for free and reduced-price meal benefits at any time during the school year, if a household member becomes unemployed or if there is a change in income, the family size increases, or if they begin to receive CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR benefits.
Families who have any questions regarding the meal application process can contact Nutrition Services at
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