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Menifee Union School District offers free and reduced-price meals

 

Last updated 8/21/2019 at 2:34pm



MENIFEE – Menifee Union School District announced its policy to serve nutritious meals every school day under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Each school and the district central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party upon request. Applications may be completed online at http://www.menifeeusd.org or http://www.menifeeschoolmeals.com.

Paper applications will be available at the front office of each Menifee Union School District schools, the district office and nutrition services office. To apply, complete and submit one application, online or paper application, for all MUSD students in the household at any time during the school year..

Information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility. Effective July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meals if the household income is less than or equal to the federal guidelines.

If a student has been directly certified, based on information provided by the state of California for household member receiving CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids – CalWORKs or Food Distribution Program Indian Reservations benefits, Menifee Union School District will notify the household of their children’s eligibility for free meals.

Households will also be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals, if the individual child is categorized as foster, homeless, migrant, runaway, enrolled in an eligible Head Start or enrolled in an eligible prekindergarten class. An application is not required if a household receives the eligibility notice from school officials. Households should contact the school immediately regarding any child in the household not included on the eligibility notice.

The household must notify school officials if they choose to decline meal benefits.

If a household is not eligible currently, but the household income goes down, household size goes up or a household member starts receiving CalFresh, CalWORKs or FDPIR, they may turn in an application at that time. Households that receive Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children benefits, may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals by filling out an application. Foster children are eligible for free meals and may be included as a household member if the foster family chooses to also apply for the non-foster children on the same application. Including foster children as a household member may help the non-foster children qualify for free or reduced-price meals. If the non-foster children are not eligible, it will not keep foster children from receiving free meals.

There is a 30-day grace period at the beginning of the school year, when status from the previous school year remains active to allow families time to apply for and submit a new meal application for the 2019-2020 school year.

School officials do not have to send reminder or expired eligibility notices. In order to remain on the free or reduced price program, meal applications must be completed at the beginning of every school year.

If a household does not agree with the decision or results of verification, they may discuss it with school officials. They also have the right to a fair hearing, which may be requested by calling (951) 672-1851 or writing the hearing official: Linda Hickey, 29775 Haun Road, Menifee, CA 92586.

Submitted by Menifee Union School District.

 

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