SARASOTA COUNTY, Aug. 21, 2015 – The
following information details 2015-16 prices for regular and reduced-price
meals in the Sarasota County Schools, as well as family income eligibility for
free or reduced-price meals. The chart below lists the prices:
In addition, eight Sarasota County
Schools will be participating in the Universal Free Breakfast Program. These
schools were chosen based on their high percentage of students receiving free
or reduced-price meals. The following schools will be participating:
- Emma E.
Schools for Innovative Studies
The attached pages contain facts which many families in
Sarasota County will find helpful, since about one-half of the district’s
student population receives free or reduced-priced meals.
The Sarasota County School
District has announced its 2015-16 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 district’s administrative office has a
copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by an interested party. The following
household size and income criteria will be used for determining eligibility (effective July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016).
following income scale is used by the Sarasota County School District to
determine eligibility for free and reduced-price meals:
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES ABOUT FREE/REDUCED-PRICE
Children from families whose income
is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced- price meals.
To apply for free and reduced price meals, households should fill out the
family application and return it to Food & Nutrition Services, or they may
visit the Sarasota County Schools website http://SarasotaCountySchools.net/departments/fns. 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 the Department of Food &
Nutrition Services or other program officials.
you have received a letter from the Sarasota County School Board Food and
Nutrition Services Office (after July 1,
2015) stating that your child has been automatically approved for free lunch
and free breakfast based on his/her eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP) , TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) or Medicaid, please do not fill out an application. If
you have other students in your household that you did not receive a letter
for, please call the FNS office at 941-486-2199.
For school officials to determine eligibility, all other households must provide
the following information listed on the application:
(1) List ALL students in your household who are enrolled in
Sarasota County Schools
(2) If you now receive SNAP/TANF for
your child, that child is eligible for free meals. Enter the 10-digit case number in the space provided for each child. No other income information is required.
(3) Names of all household members,
also include deployed service members
Gross income received, in dollars and cents, by all household members and
source and frequency of that income, include portion of deployed service
members income that is available to household, DO NOT include Military Housing
Last four digits of the social security number of the adult signing the
application or mark “X” in box provided for this household member if he/she
does not have a Social Security number; and
The signature of an adult household member certifying that the information
provided is correct.
are currently eligible for WIC, your child (children) may be eligible
for free or reduced prices.
eligibility may be checked at any time during the school year. School officials
may ask you to send records showing that your child should receive free or reduced-price
meals. The information provided by the household is confidential and will be
used only for purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data.
children may eligible for Free and Reduced Priced Meal benefits regardless of
the income of the households in which they reside. For Homeless or Runaway
Children please complete a free and reduced application (section 2) and contact
Ellen McLaughlin at 941-923-6100 or Jamie Rodriguez at 941- 917-9000 for
An application cannot be approved unless
it contains complete eligibility information. Benefits apply for the entire
school year unless otherwise indicated.
may be submitted anytime or you may reapply at any time during the school year
if your circumstances change.
the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the Department of
Food and Nutrition Services will review applications and determine eligibility.
If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he/she
may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official at 941-486-2199
or toll-free at (866) 645-2688 on an informal basis. If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal,
he/she may make a request in writing to: Carol Lichon, Director of Materials
Management, School Board of Sarasota County, 1960 Landings Boulevard, Sarasota,
Florida 34231, for a hearing to appeal the decision. The policy contains an
outline of the hearing procedure.
household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the
Department of Food & Nutrition Services should be contacted. Such changes
may make children of the household eligible for free or reduced priced meals.
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) 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 if 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
you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint 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 email@example.com.
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 (in
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