SOLON, Ohio — The Solon City School District has announced its 2022-23 policy of free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay full price for meals served under the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs.
Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which can be reviewed by any interested party, according to a district news release.
Federal income eligibility guidelines will be used to determine eligibility, according to the release. Children in families whose annual income is at or below the federal guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Application forms were distributed to all households this week in a letter to parents or guardians.
To apply for free or reduced-price benefits, households must complete an application and return it to the school district. Additional copies are available in the principal’s office at each 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 and 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). Social), along with the amount and source of income received by each member of the household (monthly income must be indicated) and the signature of an adult member of the household.
If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application, according to the release.
free medical care
Families with children eligible for school meals may also be eligible for free health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start and Healthy Families programs.
These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, 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 should already be receiving these services.
The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used solely to determine eligibility. It may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.
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.
Lynne Hutchison, director of food and nutrition services for the district, will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian disagrees with the decision on the application or the result of the verification, the decision may be discussed with the adjudicating officer on an informal basis.
If a formal appeal is desired, the home has the right to a fair hearing. Such a hearing may be requested orally or in writing to Mike Acomb, Director of Business and Personnel, Solon City Schools, 33800 Inwood Road, Solon, OH 44139.
Households can apply for benefits at any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible and if the household size increases or income decreases due to unemployment or other reasons, the family should contact the school to submit a new application.
Such changes may make children in the family eligible for free or reduced-price benefits if the family income is at or below the levels required for eligibility.
Anyone with questions about the program should contact Hutchison at [email protected] or 440-349-7703.
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