SOLON, Ohio — The Solon City School District has announced its 2022-23 policy for free and reduced-price lunches, including those unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
Each school office and central office has a copy of the policy that anyone interested can review, according to a district news release.
Federal income eligibility guidelines will be used to determine eligibility, the release said. Children from families whose annual income is at or below federal guidelines are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.
Application forms have been distributed to all homes this week in a letter to parents or guardians.
To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, a household must complete an application and return it to the school district. Additional copies are available in each school principal’s office. A complete application is required.
Families currently receiving Special Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds must provide the child’s name, SNAP or OWF case number, and the signature of an adult household member. application.
Households not receiving SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all household members and the last four digits of the Social Security number of the adult signing the application (or enter “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security number), along with the amount and source of income received by each household member — monthly income – and the signature of an adult household member.
If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application, the release said.
Free health care
Families with children who are eligible for school meals may be eligible for free health care through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start and Healthy Families programs.
These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physical therapy, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more. Call 800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application.
Information can also be found at jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/familychild.stm. Anyone with an Ohio Medicaid card must already be receiving these services.
The information provided in the application is confidential and used only to determine eligibility. It may be reviewed by school or other program officials at any time during the school year.
To discourage the possibility of misrepresentation, the application forms shall contain a statement on the space for signature certifying that all the information furnished is true and correct.
Applications are being made regarding the receipt of federal funds. Schools or other authorities may review the information in the application at any time during the school year.
Willful misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.
Families are notified of approval or denial of benefits.
Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of household income. If a family has foster children living with them and would like to apply for such meals or milk, contact the school for more information.
Lynn Hutchison, District Director of Food and Nutrition Services, reviews applications and determines eligibility. If a parent or guardian disagrees with a decision on an application or the outcome of a review, the decision can be discussed with the deciding officer on an informal basis.
If a formal appeal is desired, the householder has the right to a fair hearing. Such inquiry may be requested orally or in writing from Mike Acomb, Director of Business and Personnel, Solon City Schools, 33800 Inwood Road, Solon, OH 44139.
Families can apply for benefits at any time during the school year. If the family is not currently eligible and the household size increases or income decreases due to unemployment or other reasons, the family must contact the school to submit a new application.
Such changes could make a family’s children eligible for free or reduced-price benefits if the family’s income is at or below the level required for eligibility.
Anyone with questions about the program should contact Hutchison at [email protected] or 440-349-7703.
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