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ONLINE School Lunch Applications are NOW AVAILABLE!

Pequea Valley School District will no longer provide a paper application for free or reduced price meal benefits. Please use this link to complete an application on line:

 Apply online at https://www.schoolcafe.com

Children need healthy meals to learn. Pequea Valley School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.45; lunch costs $2.75 for PVHS $2.65 for PVIS and $2.50 for elementary level. Your child(ren) may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced price breakfast is $0.30 and lunch is $0.40. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

 

Pequea Valley School District will no longer provide a paper application for free or reduced price meal benefits. Please go to www.schoolcafe.com to apply.

If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free meals since July 1st, 2018, do not complete an application. But do let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the letter you received.

  1. Who can get free OR REDUCED PRICE meals or Special MILK?
    • All children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are eligible for free meals.
    • Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
    • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
    • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
    • Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART For School Year 2018-2019

Household size

Annual

Monthly

Weekly

1

22,459

1,872

432

2

30,451

2,538

586

3

38,443

3,204

740

4

46,435

3,870

893

5

54,427

4,536

1,047

6

62,419

5,202

1,201

7

70,411

5,868

1,355

8

78,403

6,534

1,508

Each additional person:

7,992

666

154

  

 

  1. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS homeless, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY? Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, call or email Deb Weaver at (717) 768-5510 or deb_weaver@pequeavalley.org.
  2. Do I need to complete an application for each child? Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. APPLY ONLINE AT WWW.SCHOOLCAFE.COM
  3. SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? No, but read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification letter, contact Kimberly Ober at (717)768-5551 or kim_ober@pequeavalley.org
  4. CAN I APPLY ONLINE? Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit SCHOOLCAFE.COM or visit the PA Department of Human Services website at www.compass.state.pa.us.
  5. MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?    Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year.  You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. 
  6. I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?  Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Send in an application.
  7. Will the information I give be checked? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
  8. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and or reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
  9. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: John Bowden, CFO, P.O. Box 130, Kinzers, PA 17535 or (717) 768-5530.
  10. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
  11. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes.  If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
  12. WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT? Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
  13. We are in the military. do we REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY? Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
  14. My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for SNAP or other assistance benefits, visit www.compass.state.pa.us, contact your local assistance office, or call 1-800-692-7462.

If you have other questions or need help, call Kimberly Ober at (717)768-5551 or kim_ober@pequeavalley.org

Sincerely,

Gavin Scalyer

Director, Food Service

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:

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov.

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