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How to qualify for free and reduced lunch at Fauquier schools | Education

Fauquier County Public Schools announced its eligibility criteria to provide free and reduced-price meals to students under the National School Lunch and/or School Breakfast Programs.

This week, the school district announced its eligibility requirements, such as household size and income, that families must meet to qualify for free or reduced-price meal benefits. Children from families with incomes at or below federal income eligibility guidelines (shown in the chart accompanying this article) may qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, according to the news release.

Fauquier free reduced lunch standard

The school system notes that the central school nutrition office has a copy of the policy that any interested party may review.

Members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may be automatically eligible for free meals.

Homeless, immigrant or runaway children may also be automatically eligible for free meals. Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court are entitled to free meals, regardless of the income of the household in which they live. Children who are members of families participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on household income.

Applications are available at each school, Central Nutrition Office and online at To apply for free or reduced-price meals, families must fill out only one application per household and return it to the school department. Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year. Information provided by families in the application will be used for eligibility and data verification.

Applications may be reviewed by school or other program officials at any time during the school year. For school officials to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price benefits, families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) must list only their child’s (REN) name and SNAP or TANF case. No., and an adult household member must sign the application. Including households without a SNAP or TANF case number listed

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children, known as WIC, requires families to list the names of all household members, the amount and frequency of income received by each household member, and the last four digits of the Social Security number. Adult household members signing the application. If a household member does not have a Social Security number, the household member must indicate that the Social Security number is not available. The application must be signed by an adult household member to approve it.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price lunch policy, Cornelia Harris, Fauquier County School Nutrition Program’s application processing officer, reviews applications and determines eligibility.

Applications for free or reduced-price meals will not be approved unless completed.

Families who are dissatisfied with the eligibility determination officer’s decision may wish to discuss the decision with the officer on an informal basis. Families wishing to make a formal request for a hearing on the decision may make a request orally or in writing to David Graham, Executive Director of Administration, Fauquier County Public Schools, 320 Hospital Dr., Warrenton, VA 20186, phone 540-422. -7017, email [email protected]

Families can apply for free or reduced-price meals at any time during the school year. If a family is not currently eligible but has a change such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, becoming unemployed, or becoming eligible for SNAP or TANF, the household should contact the school for an application. Such changes may make the family’s children eligible for benefits if the family’s income is at or below federal income eligibility guidelines.

Families receiving SNAP benefits or TANF do not need to complete an application for free or reduced-price student meals. School officials determine eligibility for free lunches based on documentation obtained directly from the Virginia Department of Social Services of a household member of a child currently receiving SNAP or TANF.

School officials will notify these families in writing of their eligibility. Families who have been notified of their eligibility, but do not wish to receive free meals for their children, should contact the school. SNAP and TANF families must complete an application within the first 10 days of the new school year if they are not notified in writing of their automatic eligibility.

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