National School Lunches

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Children attending the high school or an elementary school may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced price lunches are $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch. To apply for free or reduced price meals, a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application is necessary.

Applications will be sent home with all children during the first week of school, or an application can be downloaded above. Applications can also be requested by dialing 412-429-2500, ext.1103.

Questions about applying? Here are some answers:

1. Who can receive free or reduced price meals? Children in households receiving benefits from SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) and most foster children can receive free meals regardless of income. Also, if a household income is within the limits of the Federal Income Chart (see below), children can receive free or reduced price meals.

2. Will the information I give be checked? Yes, we may ask you to send written proof of the information you give.

3. What if I stop getting Food Stamps or TANF? If your children qualify because you listed a Food Stamp or TANF case number, you must inform the school when you no longer receive Food Stamps or TANF.

4. What if my household size or income changes? If your children qualify for free or reduced price meals based on your income, you must tell us if your household size goes down or if your income goes up by more than $50 per month ($600 per year). Call us at 412-429-2500. You do not have to fill out another application.

5. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply again later? Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting SNAP or TANF. If you lose your job, your children may be able to receive free or reduced price meals during the time you are unemployed.

6. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Mr. Kirby Christy, Business Manager, 435 Kings Highway, Carnegie, PA 15106, 412-429-2500, ext.1105.

FEDERAL INCOME CHART
For School Year July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017
Household size Yearly $ Monthly $ Weekly $
1 21,978 1,832 423
2 29,637 2,470 570
3 37,296 3,108 718
4 44,955 3,747 865
5 52,614 4,385 1,012
6 60,273 5,023 1,160
7 67,951 5,663 1,307
8 75,647 6,304 1,455
Each additional person: +7,696 +642 +148

Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls within the limits on this chart. Please note: The chart above indicates the maximum income a family can earn to receive reduced meals; income guidelines for free meals fall below the income levels listed (per household size).

MySchoolBucks Program
The MySchool Bucks system moves the students through the lunch lines more efficiently. It works as an accounting system, keeping track of meals and students accounts and will facilitate meal plan usage for free, reduced or paid students with 100% anonymity. Students will no longer need to carry lunch tickets.

At the beginning of the school year, students will receive PIN numbers that will coincide with their current student ID numbers. When the PIN number is entered into a keypad at the lunch line, a photo of the student will appear on a screen, preventing unauthorized users.

Parents will be issued a letter in August to further inform them of the system and instructions for sending deposits for the lunch accounts. Information about the National School Lunch program will also be mailed to the home. Upon completion of the application for free or reduced lunches, eligible children will automatically be entered into the POS system and students will be able to access meals immediately.

The advantages of the MySchool Bucks system are many: the efficient process will enable students to move quickly through the serving line, allowing more time to eat; students with food allergies can be identified and warned when certain meals are served; and parents can access a report that will identify what their child is eating for lunch.

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