YUHSD policy for providing free, reduced-price meals

YUHSD policy for providing free, reduced-price meals

Yuma – Yuma Union High School District # 70; Yuma High School, Kofa High School, Cibola High School, Vista High School, San Luis High School and Gila Ridge High School are announcing the policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and After School Snack Program.  Breakfast is free at all YUHSD schools; student lunch costs $2.50 at non-provision II schools.  Your child(ren) may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price is $0.40 for lunch.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, house­holds may fill out an application and return it to the cafeteria unless your children qualify for other benefits (see below).  Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children and what is required to complete on the application.  Applications also are avail­able at the school cafeteria and online at www.yumaunion.org, or www.mymealtime.com.  The information households provide on the appli­ca­tion will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data.  Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by 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.

The household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits.  Children from households whose income is at or below the guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  Your children may qualify for free meal benefits if the household receives benefits and/or if your child meets a categorical requirement:

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or
  • The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • Homeless, migrant or runaway as defined by law; or
  • Enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class as defined in by law
  • Foster children that are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside

For any child not listed on the eligibility notice, the households should contact the school about any child also eligible under one of these programs or should submit an income application for other children.

If households/children receive benefits under Assistance Programs or other source programs are not notified by the Student Nutrition Department of their free meal benefits, the parent/guardian should contact the Student Nutrition Department at (928) 502-4773 or emailjwalden@yumaunion.org.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the Director of Student Nutrition will review applications and determine eligibility.  Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis by calling (928) 502-4771 or emailing jwalden@yumaunion.org.  If you are still dissatisfied with the ruling  after contacting the Director of Student Nutrition you have the option to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision and may make a request either orally or in writing to Dianne Cordery, 3150 S. Avenue A, Yuma, AZ 85364, (928) 502-4606.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the Student Nutrition Department at (928) 502-4773 or email jwalden@yumaunion.org.  Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the levels.

Below is the Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals for the 2015/2016 school year:

Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year 2015-2016
Household Size Yearly Income Monthly Income Weekly Income
1 $21,775 $1,815 $419
2 $29,471 $2,456 $567
3 $37,167 $3,098 $715
4 $44,863 $3,739 $863
5 $52,559 $4,380 $1,011
6 $60,255 $5,022 $1,159
7 $67,951 $5,663 $1,307
8 $75,647 $6,304 $1,455
Each additional person: $7,696 $642 $148

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