FCS announces free, reduced lunch program

FAIRBORN — Fairborn City Schools has announced its 2018-2019 program year policy for free and reduced meals at no charge for students unable to pay the full price of meals under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program.

Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.Only high school students require an application while grades kindergarten through eighth grade students do not. The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the Federal Guidelines are eligible for free and reduced price meals.

Application forms are available online to be downloaded, at the Fairborn City Schools Board of Education and at the high school office. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the Board of Education at 306 E. Whittier Ave. Only a complete application is required. Households that currently receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number and signature of an adult household member on the application.

Households that do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or state “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security Number, the amount and source of income received by each household member, (state the monthly income) and the signature of an adult household member. If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application.

If a formal appeal is desired, the household has the right to a fair hearing. A fair hearing can be requested either orally or in writing from: Jeff Patrick, business manager, hearing official, 306 East Whittier Ave., Fairborn, Ohio 45324; phone number is 937-878-3961. The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.

Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible and if the household size increases or income decreases because of unemployment or other reasons, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for free or reduced-price benefits if the family income falls at or below the levels shown above.

Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax at 202-690-7442; or email at [email protected]