By David L. Bell, Public Relations Director, Chambers County School District
FREE AND REDUCED-PRICED MEALS AVAILABLE FOR QUALIFYING SCHOOL CHILDREN
LaFAYETTE – As the beginning of a new school year approaches, the Chambers County School District reminds parents and guardians that free and reduced-priced meals are available for children under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. In order to qualify for free meals, students must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- Children in households receiving benefits from Alabama SNAP, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Alabama TANF.
- Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court.
- Children who are participating in their school’s Head Start program.
- Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant.
When known to the Chambers County School District, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals based on their participation (or a household member’s participation) in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), if the State program meets Federal standards.
Furthermore, if known to the school district, households will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals based on the individual child’s designation as Other Source Categorically Eligible, as defined by law. This includes homeless, migrant, runaway, or foster children, as well as those enrolled in Head Start or an eligible pre-kindergarten program.
Reduced-priced meals are also available for students whose household family income falls with qualifying Federal guidelines. A reduced-priced lunch for elementary and middle school students is 30 cents, and 40 cents for high school students.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
For additional information, contact Child Nutrition Program Director Montray Thompson at 334-864-9343, or via email at [email protected].