Free and Reduced Lunches

Categorical Eligibility Letter

If you receive Food Stamps (SNAP) or Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) or certain Medicaid benefits, you may receive a letter prior to the beginning of the school year from the Department of Social Services that will simplify the process for your child or children to receive free meals at school. This is called a Categorical Eligibility Letter. If you take or send the original letter to the School Lunch Office located in the Middle School Building, your child/children will receive free meals without your having to complete an application. You will only receive one letter. If it is lost it will not be replaced.

Direct Certification Matching Process

The Brockport Central District Food Service Department also participates in the Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP). A joint effort has been made between the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Child Nutrition Office to provide access to confidential electronic data to Local Educational Agencies (LEAs). Direct Certification data includes: the case name (parent/guardian), student’s name (first, middle initial, last), date of birth, age, address (street, city, state, zip code) and name of Assistance Program/Case type (SNAP/TANF/Medicaid). All DCMP users must certify that this information will remain confidential in compliance with the disclosure statement provided. LEA data systems must be able to match students by indicating the corresponding Assistance Program (i.e.SNAP, TANF, Medicaid).

LEAs are required to conduct the online DCMP with SNAP at least three times per school year. DCMP data files will be available for LEAs to access in July, October, January and April. The DCMP available in July must be completed by August 31. The second DCMP available in October must be completed by November 30. The third DCMP available in January must be completed by February 28. It is recommended to access the additional data provided in April, which is beneficial for LEAs planning to participate in the Community Eligibility Option (CEO).

Again this year there is a Direct Certification Matching Process (DCMP) for students who currently receive certain Medicaid benefits also will qualify for free meals. This was a result of a pilot program in the 2013-2014 school year that Brockport Central was selected as a demonstration site.

A letter from this office will be mailed in late August confirming your free meal status once this process has taken place.

Free and Reduced Price Application

If either of these options are not applicable, a Free and Reduced Price Application MUST be completed for your child/children to receive free or reduced meals. Applications will be mailed to all households with children in the district in August. They can be mailed to our office or dropped off to the Oliver Middle School Food Service mailbox located in the main office. You will be notified by mail of the status of your child(ren)'s eligibility. Please feel free to contact our office at 637-1846 if you have any questions or concerns.

PRIVACY ACT STATEMENT

Privacy Act Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number are not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Food Stamp, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration or enforcement of the lunch & breakfast programs. we MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINTS

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parent status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html , or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities and you wish to file either an EEO or program complaint, please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).

USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

 

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