NEWS

For Immediate Release
August 13, 2010

Illinois State Board of Education, Nutrition Programs Division Announces the Availability of the School-Based Child Nutrition Programs


 

Springfield – In conjuction with renewing institutions, the Illinois State Board of Education, Nutrition Programs Division, announces the availability of the School-Based Child Nutrition Programs including the United States Department of Agriculture federally funded National School Lunch (NSLP), School Breakfast (SBP) and Special Milk (SMP) Programs.

The list of participating school food authorities, including public schools, nonpublic schools, residential child care institutions, camps, and other facilities are available on the Nutrition Programs Interactive Map at http://webprod1.isbe.net/NutSvc/.

The USDA Household Eligibility Guidelines are listed below:

Income Eligibility Guidelines
Effective from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011
 

Free Meals                                      

Reduced-Price Meals                                                      

130% Federal Poverty Guideline

185% Federal Poverty Guideline

Household Size
Annual
Monthly
Twice Per Month
Every Two Weeks
Weekly
Annual
Monthly
Twice Per Month
Every Two Weeks
Weekly
1
14,079
1,174
587
542
271
20,036
1,670
835
771
386
2
18,941
1,579
790
729
365
26,955
2,247
1,124
1,037
519
3
23,803
1,984
992
916
458
33,874
2,823
1,412
1,303
652
4
28,665
2,389
1,195
1,103
552
40,793
3,400
1,700
1,569
785
5
33,527
2,794
1,397
1,290
645
47,712
3,976
1,988
1,836
918
6
38,389
3,200
1,600
1,477
739
54,631
4,553
2,277
2,102
1,051
7
43,251
3,605
1,803
1,664
832
61,550
5,130
2,565
2,368
1,184
8
48,113
4,010
2,005
1,851
926
68,469
5,706
2,853
2,634
1,317
For each additional family member, add
4,862
406
203
187
94
6,919
577
289
267
134

Children from households that meet Federal guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services. Complete one application per household for all children that attend the same school district.

All meals served must meet the U. S. Department of Agriculture meal requirements. However, if a child has been determined by a doctor to have a disability and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, this school will make substitutions prescribed by the doctor. If a substitution is needed, there will be no extra charge for the meal. If you believe your child needs substitutions because of a disability, please contact the school for further information.

Application forms are distributed to all households with a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced-price meal services, households must complete the application as soon as possible, sign it, and return it to the school. Additional copies of the application form are available in the principal’s office in each school. Households should answer all applicable questions on the form. An application which does not contain all the required information cannot be processed and approved by the school. Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free/reduced-price meals and are encouraged to complete an application for meal benefits.

The required information is as follows:

SNAP/TANF HOUSEHOLDS:
If the school provided you a letter that stated your children are eligible for free meals via the direct certification process, you do not have to complete this application to receive free meal benefits. Households that currently receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for their children, only have to list the children’s name and SNAP or TANF case number and sign the application. Applications listing LINK card numbers cannot be used for free or reduced-price meals.

ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLDS:
If a household’s income is at or below the level shown on the income scale, children are eligible for either 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 indicate if the adult does not have a social security number
  3. the amount of income each household member received last month, how frequently it is paid, and where it came from (wages, child support, etc.); and
  4. the signature of an adult household member.

The information on the application may be checked 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 a household member 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 for free or reduced-price meal services for them should complete the application. Homeless, migrant, runaway youth, and Head Start children, are categorically eligible for free meals. Please follow instructions and return form to school.

Households that do not agree with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss it with the school. Households also have the right to a fair hearing. This can be done by calling or writing the hearing official at your school. 

In accordance with Federal law and U. S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, and Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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