BEVS Policy 2022-2023 for Free and Reduced Price Meals

Bluffton Exempted Village Schools has announced its 2022-2023 program year policy regarding free or reduced-price meals for students unable to pay full price for meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. School, After School Snack or Special Milk Programs.

The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used to determine eligibility. Children in families whose annual income is at or below the federal guidelines are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals or free milk if the school participates in the Special Milk Program. The application is located HERE and is available on FinalForms for parents or guardians.

  • To apply for free or reduced-price benefits, households must complete an application and return it to the school.
  • A complete application is required. Households currently receiving Special Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) Benefits or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name, SNAP or OWF case number, and the signature of an adult household member on the form. request.
  • Households not receiving 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 indicate “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security Number , the amount and source of income received by each household member (indicate monthly income), and the signature of an adult household member.
  • If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application.

FREE MEDICAL ATTENTION
Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for free health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more.

Call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found on the web at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/familychild.stm.

Anyone with an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.

The information provided on the application is confidential and will only be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program official. To discourage the possibility of misrepresentation, application forms contain a statement in the signature space certifying that all information provided is true and correct. Requests are made in connection with the receipt of federal funds. Schools or other officials may verify the information on the application at any time during the school year. Deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.

Households will be notified of the 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 request such meals or milk for them, please contact the school for more information.

Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

ATTACHMENT: Income Guidelines from https://www.fns.usda.gov/cn/2022-23-parent-faqs

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