Free & Reduced-Price Meal Information
Applicacion para comidas escolares gratis y reducidos
Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Programs
Guidelines for the NATIONAL SCHOOL MEAL PROGRAMS
Community Consolidated School District 15 has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price lunch and breakfast for students unable to pay the full price for meals. Children from households that meet federal guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs.
Lunches are available for purchase daily at a cost of $2.60 per meal for elementary students and $2.70 per meal for junior high students. Reduced-price meals cost 40 cents. Students eligible for free meals are entitled to one lunch at no cost. In schools where breakfast is available, the daily cost is $1.30 per meal, including milk. Students eligible for free meals are also entitled to a free breakfast, and those on the reduced program may purchase breakfast at 30 cents. Students attending one of the District CEP Schools (Community Eligibility Provision)—Jane Addams, Lake Louise, Virginia Lake, Winston Campus Junior High and Conyers Learning Academy—may select one lunch at no cost. Please see below for instructions to complete the CEP Application for Educational Benefits form.
Free & Reduced-Price Application Forms are available to download and print. Applications can be submitted at any time during the school year. Households should answer all applicable questions on the form. Applications that do not contain all required information cannot be processed and approved.
If your student attends one of the District CEP - Community Eligibility Provision - schools (Jane Addams, Winston Campus Junior High, Lake Louise, Virginia Lake or Conyers Learning Academy), PLEASE DO NOT COMPLETE A FREE & REDUCED PRICE APPLICATION. You will need to complete the purple Application for Educational Benefits form.
If you have students in both a CEP school and a non-CEP school: You will need to complete the Free & Reduced Application for the non-CEP student, AND a purple Application for Educational Benefits for the CEP student.
Students approved for free or reduced meals will have the price automatically calculated for them in their meal account so they can participate daily. Reduced priced meals are $0.40 for lunch and $0.30 for breakfast. Students who qualified for free or reduced meals are entitled to both breakfast (if available at your school) and lunch. Students participating in the free or reduced-price program will need to have cash available or deposited in their account to purchase a second meal or any á la carte items. This payment should be made in advance. Students’ eligibility for free or reduced-price meals is confidential. If you receive a letter in mid-July to early August that you have been approved by direct certification, you DO NOT need to fill out an application for free/reduced meal benefits. Otherwise, A NEW APPLICATION MUST BE FILLED OUT EVERY YEAR. BENEFITS ARE EXTENDED THROUGH 9/25/19 FOR THOSE WITH BENEFITS FROM LAST YEAR, OR UNTIL A NEW APPLICATION IS PROCESSED. IF WE DO NOT APPROVE A NEW APPLICATION, BENEFITS WILL EXPIRE AS OF 9/26/19.
The required information is as follows:
FOOD STAMP/TANF HOUSEHOLDS:
Households that currently receive food stamps or "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) for their child(ren), only have to list the child(ren)'s name and food stamp or TANF case number and sign the application. Link card number cannot be used.
ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLDS:
If a household's income is at or below the level shown on the income scale, children are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services. Households must provide the following information: (1) the names of all household members; (2) the Social Security number of the adult household member signing the application, or the word "none" if the adult does not have a Social Security number; (3) the amount of income each household member received last month and where it comes from (wages, child support, etc.); and (4) the signature of an adult household member.
The information on the application may be verified by school or other officials at any time during the school year.
Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. Households that are not eligible now but have a decrease in household income, an increase in household size or have a household member that becomes unemployed, should fill out an application at that time.
In certain cases foster children are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services regardless of the household income. Households that have foster children living with them and wish to apply free or reduced price for meal services for them should complete the application.
Households that do not agree with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss it by contacting School Nutrition Services. Households also have the right to a fair hearing. This can be arranged by calling or writing the following official:
Director of Fiscal Services
580 North 1st Bank Drive
Palatine, IL 60067
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/how-file-program-discrimination-complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
- Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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- Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture