Dysart district sets meal prices for 22-23

Dysart Unified School District will participate in the National School Lunch Program during the 2022-23 school year.

As part of this program, DUSD will offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast will cost $1.25; Elementary/middle school lunch will cost $2.60 and high school lunch $2.85.

Students may qualify for free or reduced price meals. Reduced price meals are 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

Requirements for children to receive free or reduced-price meals include: being in a household whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, being in a household receiving public assistance, or if the child is homeless, is migrant, runaway, adoptive, or participating in a Head Start or Even Start pre-kindergarten program.

Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free or reduced-price benefits if the household does not receive assistance or the children do not fall into the other categories listed above.

Children can get free or reduced-price meals if your household’s gross income is at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines table.

To apply for free or reduced price meals, the district recommends using SchoolCafe at www.schoolcafe.com. Paper applications are available in each school office and can be returned to the school once completed, unless the household has already received notification that their children have been approved for free meals this year.

Applications include a letter informing households about the availability of free or reduced-price meals for their children and what is required to be completed on the application.

Only one application is required for all children in the household and the information provided on the application will be used to determine eligibility and data verification.

Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.

An application for free or reduced price benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions. In the operation of child feeding programs, no child shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, age, or disability.

Families can apply for benefits at any time. If a household member becomes unemployed or the size of the household increases, the household should contact the school.

Such changes may make children in the household eligible for benefits if the household income is at or below federal guidelines. Contact Claudia Zamora at 623-876-7989 or email [email protected], at any time to request an application.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced price policy, a nutrition liaison will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians who are dissatisfied with the official’s decision may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official informally.

Parents who wish to file a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may submit a request orally or in writing to: Kenneth Hicks, 13825 W Desert Cove Rd., Surprise, AZ 85379.

When district households know, they will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) assistance; Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR); o Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), if the state program meets federal standards.

An application for free meal benefits is not required for assistance program participants and all children in the household are eligible for free meal benefits. If any children are not listed on the eligibility notice, or if a household does not receive an eligibility notice, the household must contact the school to have their free meal benefits extended. Participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals, but must submit an application that includes household size and total income.
When known by DUSD, households will also be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is deemed “Categorically Eligible from Other Source” because the child is classified, as defined by law as: Foster Care, homeless, migrant, runaway, enrolled in an eligible Head Start, or eligible pre-K class.
If any children are not listed on the eligibility notice, the household should contact the school about their eligibility using the list above, or submit an income application. Households notified of their child’s eligibility should contact the school if the household decides to decline free meal benefits.

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