NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS 2022-2023

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LAKE WALES CHARTER SCHOOLS, INC.

Announces its policy for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for students at Bok Academy, Bok North, and Lake Wales High School for the 2022-23 school year under the


NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS


Any interested person may review a copy of the policy by contacting


Chris Reams / 1 Highlander Way, Lake Wales, FL 33853.

Phone: 863-215-8440.


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 to notify the organization of changes in income and household size.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for Free or Reduced-Price Meals, households must complete the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school. 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. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

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 Angela Heyward at 863-679-6560.

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, Chris Reams, Director of Food Service, 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


    Anuj Saran / 1 Highlander Way, Lake Wales, FL 33853.

    Phone: 863-678-4222


    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, 2022, to June 30, 2023


    FREE MEAL SCALE

    Household

    Size

    Annual

    Monthly

    Twice Per

    Month

    Every Two

    Weeks

    Weekly

    1

    17,667

    1,473

    737

    680

    340

    2

    23,803

    1,984

    992

    916

    458

    3

    29,939

    2,495

    1,248

    1,152

    576

    4

    36,075

    3,007

    1,504

    1,388

    694

    5

    42,211

    3,518

    1,759

    1,624

    812

    6

    48,347

    4,029

    2,015

    1,860

    930

    7

    54,483

    4,541

    2,271

    2,096

    1,048

    8

    60,619

    5,052

    2,526

    2,332

    1,166

    For each additional family member, add


    +6,136


    +512


    +256


    +236


    +118


    REDUCED-PRICE MEAL SCALE

    Household

    Size

    Annual

    Monthly

    Twice Per

    Month

    Every Two

    Weeks

    Weekly

    1

    25,142

    2.096

    1,048

    967

    484

    2

    33,874

    2,823

    1,412

    1,303

    652

    3

    42,606

    3,551

    1,776

    1,639

    820

    4

    51,338

    4,279

    2,140

    1,975

    988

    5

    60,070

    5,006

    2,503

    2,311

    1,156

    6

    68,802

    5,734

    2,867

    2,647

    1,324

    7

    77,534

    6,462

    3,231

    2,983

    1,492

    8

    86,266

    7,189

    3,595

    3,318

    1,659

    For each additional family member, add


    +8,732


    +728


    +364


    +336


    +168

    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.


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.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) 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 program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.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 of 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:


Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

Fax: (202) 690-7442

E-mail: program.intake@usda.gov.


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Parents you submit the application online using the link https://www.lunchapplication.com/