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Media Releases: July 1, 2003

School Year 2003-2004
The St. Johns County School District today announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The School Food & Nutrition Services Office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

The following household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility:

Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines
For Free and Reduced Price Meals
Effective from July 1, 2003 to June 30, 2004
Household Size Annually Mthly Weekly Annually Mthly Weekly
1 11,674 973 225 16,613 1,385 320
2 15,756 1,313 303 22,422 1,869 432
3 19,838 1,654 382 28,231 2,353 543
4 23,920 1,994 460 34,040 2,837 655
5 28,002 2,334 539 39,849 3,321 767
6 32,084 2,674 617 45,658 3,805 879
7 36,166 3,014 696 51,467 4,289 990
8 40,248 3,354 774 57,276 4,773 1,102
For each additional family member Add: +4,082 +341 +79 +5,809 +485 +112

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals

Application 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 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 by school or other program officials.

Households that receive Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are required to list on the application only the child’s name and food stamp or TANF case number, and signature of adult household member.

For the school officials to determine eligibility, all other households must provide the following information listed on the application:

1) The total monthly household income must be listed by the amount received by each household member receiving income and the type of income (such as wages, child support, etc.);
2) Names of all household members;
3) Social Security number of the adult signing the application or the Word “NONE” for this household member if they do not have a Social Security number; and
4) The signature of an adult household member certifying that the information is correct.

Households that list income information and receive meal benefits must report to the school any decreases in household size and any increases in income of over $50 per month or $600 per year. Households that list a food stamp or TANF case number must report to the school when the food stamps or TANF is no longer received.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy, St. Johns County School District officials will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he may make a request either orally or in writing to James Welu, Director of Student Services, 47 Orange Street, St. Augustine, FL 32084; (904) 819-7591 for a hearing to appeal the decision. The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for reduced price meals or for additional benefits such as free meals, if the household income falls at or below the levels indicated.

In certain cases foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals for them, the household should contact the Food Service Office for more information.

In accordance with Federal law and the U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs). To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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St. Johns County School District
40 Orange St. St. Augustine, FL 32084 904.819.7500