Free and reduced lunch applications for St. John Parish now available

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 10, 2013

The St John the Baptist Parish School Board is implementing the 2013-2014 policy for free and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Program(s). All schools and the central office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.
Application forms are being sent to all homes the first day of school, along with a letter to households. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households should fill out one application for the household and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the cafeteria and principal’s office in each school. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. The information provided by the household is confidential; it will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility. Information may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.
For the school officials to determine eligibility, each household that is now receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly the Food Stamp Program, or that is on the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program must provide its SNAP or FITAP case number as well as the signature of an adult household member. All other households must provide the following information on the application: names of all household members; the last four digits of the social security number of the parent/guardian who is the primary wage earner, or the adult household member who signs the application, or a statement that the household member does not possess a Social Security number; the amount of income (before deductions for taxes, Social Security, etc.) each household member receives; how often the person receives the income; where it is from, such as wages, retirement, or welfare; and the signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.  
Foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court may be eligible for benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for such meals for them, the household should contact the school for more information.
Households that receive SNAP or FITAP benefits are not required to complete an application. School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation obtained directly from the SNAP/FITAP office, which will certify that a child is a member of a household currently receiving SNAP or an assistance unit receiving FITAP benefits. School officials will notify households of their eligibility. Households that are notified of their eligibility but do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school. SNAP and FITAP households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility.  
Applications from the prior year are valid for the first 30 operating days of the new school year only. If a meal application is not received in the Food and Nutrition Service Office on or before Sept. 23, the child or children will be placed on full paying status until an application has been received and processed.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced price policy, Lorraine Jackson will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he may make either an oral or written response to:
Heidi Trosclair, Executive Director of Curriculum
P.O. Drawer AL, Reserve, LA 70084