The USDA has issued nationwide waivers allowing schools to operate the Seamless Summer Option during the upcoming 2021-22 school.
Andrew and Maquoketa school districts are participating in the Seamless Summer Option.
Free meals will be provided to all enrolled children, and applications for free and reduced-price school meals/milk will not be necessary to participate in Seamless Summer Option. Applications for free and reduced-price school meals will be available from the school, as an application may be needed for other benefits such as P-EBT. The income eligibility guidelines are listed in the accompanying table.
Households may be eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits one of four ways listed below:
1. Households whose income is at or be-low the levels shown are eligible for reduced price meals or free meals if they complete an application for free and reduced-price school meals/milk. Households may complete one application listing all children and return it to your child’s school.
2. Food Assistance households, children receiving benefits under the Family In-vestment Program (FIP) and children in a few specific Medicaid programs are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Most children from Food Assistance and FIP households will be qualified for free meals automatically. If any children were not listed on the notice of eligibility, the household should contact the school to have free meal benefits extended to them. Households must contact the school if they choose to decline meal benefits.
3. Some food assistance and FIP households will receive a letter from the Department of Human Services (DHS) which will qualify the children listed on the letter for free meals. Parents must take this letter to the child’s school to receive free meals.
4. Food assistance or FIP households receiving benefits that do not receive a letter from DHS must complete an application for their children to receive free meals. When the application lists an Assistance Program’s case number for any household member, eligibility for free benefits is extended to all children in a household.
Eligibility from the previous year will continue within the same school for up to 30 operating days into the new school year. When the carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is ap-proved, the children must pay full price for school meals and the school will not send a reminder or a notice of expired eligibility.
An application cannot be approved unless complete eligibility information is submitted. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year. If a family member becomes unemployed the family should contact the school to complete an application.
Foster children are eligible for free meal benefits. Some foster children will be qualified for free meals automatically through the State Direct Certification process. Their host family will receive notification of these benefits. If a family has foster children living with them and does not receive notification, instructions are contained on the application form. Including children in foster care as household members may help other children in the household qualify for benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced-price meal benefits, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving benefits. Special Supplement Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on a completed application.
When known by the school, households will be notified of any child eligible for free meals if the children are enrolled in the Head Start/Even Start Program or are considered homeless, migrant or runaway. If any children are not listed on the notice of eligibility, contact the school for assistance in receiving benefits. If households are dissatisfied with the application approval done by the officials, they may make a formal appeal either orally or in writing to the school’s designated hearing official. Households should contact their local school for additional information.
There will be no discrimination against individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) in the school meal programs.
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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information should contact the agency where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Dis-crimination Complaint Form found online at ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
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