The Apache Junction Unified School District will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.
As part of this program, schools will offer healthy meals every school day, according to a release.
Breakfast will cost $1.25 for junior high and high school; lunch will cost $2.50 in the elementary, $2.75 in junior high and $2.85 in high school. The elementary schools will receive free breakfast in the classroom. Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Reduced-price meals will be served at no cost for breakfast and lunch.
As part of the program, Four Peaks Elementary School will offer healthy meals every school day at no cost to the students due to the implementation of the Community Eligibility Provision/Provision 2 for school year 2020-21. Students will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a household application, the release states.
Qualifications for children to receive free or reduced price meals include: belonging to a household whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, belonging to a household that receives public assistance, or if the child is homeless, migrant, runaway, foster, or participates in a Head Start or Even Start pre-Kindergarten program.
Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits if the household does not receive assistance or the children are not in the other categories mentioned above. Children can get free or reduced-price meals if the household’s gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guideline chart:
Lunch program applications may be completed online through family.titank12.com. Your school front office will have paper applications available if you do not have access to the website.
Only one application is required for all children in the household and the information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials.
An application for free or reduced-price benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions. In the operation of child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability, the release states.
Families can apply for benefits at any time. If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household's income falls at or below the federal guidelines. Contact Candice Wagner at any time to request an application.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, Candice Wagner, café services coordinator, will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to Dr Krista Anderson, 1575 W. Southern Ave. Apache Junction, AZ 85120; 480-982-1110.
When known to AJUSD, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving assistance from the:
An application is not required for free meal benefits for assistance program participants and all of the children in the household are eligible for free meal benefits.
If any children were not listed on the notice of eligibility, or if a household does not receive a notice of eligibility, the household should contact the school to have free meal benefits extended to them. Participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals, but they will need to turn in an application including household size and total income.
AJUSD households will also be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is considered “Other Source Categorically Eligible, because the child is categorized, as defined by law as: Foster, homeless, migrant, runaway, enrolled in an eligible Head Start or enrolled in an eligible pre-kindergarten class.
If any children were not listed on the notice of eligibility, the household should contact the school about their eligibility through the list above, or should submit an income application, the release states.
Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the school if the household chooses to decline the free meal benefits.
For more information, call Candice Wagner at 480-982-1110 extension 2230.