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PLUM BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

Dear Parent/Guardian:



Children need healthy meals to learn. PLUM BOROUGH SCHOOL DISTRICT offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.25; lunch costs $2.35 for elementary, $2.60 for secondary. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced price meal benefits, and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free meals, do not complete the application. But do let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter you received.

  1. Who can get free OR REDUCED PRICE meals/MILK?

    • All children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are eligible for free meals.

    • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.

    • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.

    • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.

    • Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2015-2016

Household size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

$21,775

$1,815

$419

2

$29,471

$2,456

$567

3

$37,167

$3,098

$715

4

$44,863

$3,739

$863

5

$52,559

$4,380

$1,011

6

$60,255

$5022

$1,159

7

$67,951

$5,663

$1,307

8

$75,647

$6,304

$1,455

Each additional person:

$7,696

$642

$148


Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals/milk if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.



  1. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS homeless, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY? Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail the Food Service office at 412-798-6349 or pricej@pbsd.k12.pa.us.

  2. Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Plum Borough School District, 900 Elicker Rd., Pittsburgh PA 15239, Attn: Food Service.

  3. SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Jessica Griggle at 412-798-6367 or Jan Price at 412-798-6349] immediately.

  4. CAN I APPLY ONLINE? Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit PBSD.k12.pa.us or Visit the Department of Human Services website at compass.state.pa.gov.

  5. MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE? YES! Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.

  6. I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.

  7. Will the information I give be checked? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.

  8. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

  9. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: eugene marraccini, director of business affairs, plum borough school district, 900 elicker road, pittsburgh, pa 15239. you may also call 412-798-6356.

  10. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.

  11. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

  12. WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT? Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

  13. We are in the military. do we REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY? Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

  14. WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY? List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Jan Price at 412-798-6349 or email pricej@pbsd.k12.pa.us to receive a second application.

  15. My family needs more help, Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for SNAP or other assistance benefits visit www.compass.state.pa.us, contact your local assistance office or call 1800-692-7462.

  16. If you have other questions or need help, call 412-798-6349.

Sincerely,

Jessica Griggle

Food Service Director

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil rights program compliant of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination complaint form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).



USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

2015-2016 Pennsylvania Free and Reduced Price School Meals/Special Milk Program Household Application

Instructions

Please use these instructions to help you fill out the application for free or reduced price school meals. You only need to submit one application per household, even if your children attend more than one school in PLUM BOROUGH. The application must be filled out completely to certify your children for free or reduced price school meals.


PLEASE USE A PEN (NOT A PENCIL) WHEN FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION AND DO YOUR BEST TO PRINT CLEARLY.
STEP 1: LIST ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS WHO ARE INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND STUDENTS UP TO AND INCLUDING GRADE 12
Tell us how many infants, children, and school students live in your household. They do NOT have to be related to you to be a part of your household. If there are more children present than lines on the application, attach a second piece of paper with all required information for the additional children
STEP 2: Do ANY HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS (INCLUDING YOU) CURRENTLY PARTICIPATE IN ONE OR MORE OF THE FOLLOWING ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), OR fdpir?


  1. IF NO ONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD PARTICIPATES IN ANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED PROGRAMS: Circle ‘NO’ and skip to STEP 3 on these instructions and STEP 3 on your application.

  2. IF ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD PARTICIPATES IN ANY OF THE ABOVE LISTED PROGRAMS: Circle ‘YES’ and provide a case number for SNAP or TANF. You only need to write one case number. If you participate in one of these programs and do not know your case number, contact Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. You must provide a case number on your application if you circled “YES”. GO to STEP 4.

STEP 3: REPORT INCOME FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS


  1. REPORT ALL INCOME EARNED BY CHILDREN. Examples for Child income include; earnings from work, social security disability, social security survivors, income from persons outside the household, private pension fund, annuity, and trust. Combine gross income for ALL children listed in Step 1 in your household in the box marked “Total Child Income.” Only count foster children’s income if you are applying for them together with the rest of your household. It is optional for the household to list foster children living with them as part of the household.

  2. FOR EACH ADULT HOUSEHOLD MEMBER: Living with you and share income and expenses, even if not related and even if they do not receive income of their own. Report all amounts in gross income ONLY. Report all income in whole dollars. Do not include cents.

  • Report earnings from work, Report income from Public Assistance/Child Support/Alimony, Report income from Pensions/Retirement/All other income

  • What if I am self-employed? If you are self-employed, report income from that work as a net amount. This is calculated by subtracting the total operating expenses of your business from its gross receipts or revenue.

  • Report total household size

  • Report last 4 digits of Social Security Number (SSN) of the Primary Wage Earner or other Adult Household Member


OPTIONAL: CHILDREN’S RACIAL AND ETHNIC IDENTITIES

Sharing children’s Racial and Ethnic Identities is optional and does not affect eligibility.
STEP 4: CONTACT INFORMATION AND ADULT SIGNATURE
All applications must be signed by an adult member of the household. By signing the application, that household member is promising that all information has been truthfully and completely reported. Complete all contact information including, address and telephone number. Print your name, write Today’s date.

If you have no permanent address, this does not make your children ineligible for free or reduced price school meals.
USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer




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