alt=""

National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

Okaloosa County School District recently announced its policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for students under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.

Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility.  An application can not be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire year. You need not notify the organization of changes in income and household size.

To apply with an Online Application for Free & Reduced Meals go to:  www.applyforlunch.com click on “Continue to myschoolapps.com”, enter “zip code” and select “state” you are now ready to begin your meal application, complete and submit. Online applications will process within 24 hours.   Paper application forms are available at the front office of each school.  Process for paper applications can take up to 10 days. The information provided on your application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. If your child/children received this benefit last year, your last year application remains in effect and shall expire on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 back to full priced meals the following day. 

Households that receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP/TANF case number, and signature of adult household member. 

Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household.

Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact the district liaison Kelli Williams at 850-301-3008.

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application.  Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income.

All other households must provide the following information listed on the application:

  • Total household income listed by gross amount received, type of income (e.g., wages, child support, etc.) and how often the income is received by each household member;  
  • Names of all household members – check the “no income” box if applicable; if household member is a child, list school name for each;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • Social security number of the adult signing the application or the word “NONE” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted.  Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school.  Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced-Price meal policy Arleen Hamilton, Food Services, will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to Richard D. Norris, 850-301-3020.

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs.

Florida income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced price meals:

Effective from July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2017

REDUCED-PRICE MEAL SCALE

Household

Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

21,978

1,832

  916

   846

  423

2

29,637

2,470

1,235

1,140

  570

3

37,296

3,108

1,554

1,435

  718

4

44,955

3,747

1,874

1,730

  865

5

52,614

4,385

2,193

2,024

1,012

6

60,273

5,023

2,512

2,319

1,160

7

67,951

5,663

2,832

2,614

1,307

8

75,647

6,304

3,152

2,910

1,455

For each additional family member, add

 

+ 7,696

+ 642

+ 321

+ 296

+ 148

To determine annual income:

  • If you receive the income every week, multiply the total gross income by 52.
  • If you receive the income every two weeks, multiply the total gross income by 26.
  • If you receive the income twice a month, multiply the total gross income by 24.
  • If you receive the income monthly, multiply the total gross income by 12.

Remember:  The total income before taxes, social security, health benefits, union dues, or other deductions must be reported.

The 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 employment activities.)

If 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 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 (in Spanish)

“USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”

Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting Arleen Hamilton at 850-301-3020 or HamiltonA@mail.okaloosa.k12.fl.us.