NAUGATUCK — The Naugatuck public school system announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced price meals served or free milk.
The income guidelines in the graph pictured above will be used in Connecticut from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014 for determining eligibility of participants in the Child Nutrition Programs.
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals or free milk. Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office at each school.
The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purposes of determining eligibility, and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. The district may share the 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.
Application forms for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) households require name of the person in the household receiving the SNAP or TFA benefits and their case number. The signature of an adult household member is also required. Households receiving assistance under the SNAP/TFA programs will be notified of their eligibility and their children will be provided free benefits unless the household notifies the school that it chooses to decline benefits. Households receiving SNAP benefits or TFA for their children should only submit an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by Oct. 1, 2013.
Households receiving SNAP benefits or TFA for their children will no longer receive a direct certification letter from the Department of Social Services. Therefore, direct certification will be determined at the school level based on information sent from DSS to the school.
Application forms for all other households require a statement of total household income, household size and names of all household members. The last four digits of the social security number of an adult household member must be included or a statement that the household member does not have one. The adult household member must also sign the application certifying that the information provided is correct.
Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are eligible for free meals. A foster parent does not have to complete an application if they can submit a copy of the legal document or legal court order showing that the child is a foster child.
Additionally, a foster child is categorically eligible for free meals and may be included as a member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits. If the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits. A foster child’s free eligibility does not automatically extend to all students in the household.
School principals or their designees will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official, the parent can discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.
A formal appeal can be a requested either orally or in writing to Robert Butler, Business Manager, 380 Church St., Naugatuck, CT 06770 or (203) 720-5265.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes at any time, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for reduced price meals, free meals, or free milk, if the family income falls at or below the levels shown above.