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POSTED: July 26, 2008 5:00 a.m.
Liberty County School System announces its policy for family free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program. Local school officials have adopted the following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility.

For each additional family member, add 4,680 per year to the income level for free meals and 6,660 to the income level for reduced price meals.

• Reduced price breakfast cost: $0.30 for elementary, middle and high school.    
• Reduced price lunch cost: $0.40 for elementary, middle and high school.
• Full price breakfast cost: $.75 for elementary, $1 for middle and high school.         
• Full price lunch cost: $1.25 for elementary:    $1.50 for middle and high school.      

Application forms will be sent home with a letter to parents or guardians on the first day of school.  They are also available on the Liberty County School System Web Page at www.liberty.k12.ga.us   You may download, print, complete and turn it in on the first day of school.
To apply for free or reduced price meals, households should fill out one application per family and return it to the school nutrition clerk in the school cafeteria. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals once an application is completed and processed. Foster children may also be eligible for these meals. Families with foster children should complete 1 application per child.  Additional forms are available at the front office in each school. The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified (checked) at any time with each school district required to verify a sample annually. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.
For school officials to determine eligibility, households receiving food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) must list the child's name, their food stamp or TANF case number and the signature and name of an adult household member.  Households not receiving food stamps or TANF must list:  child's name, names of all household members, social security number of the parent or guardian who signs the application (or an indication that neither possesses a social security number), the amount of monthly income received by each household member, identified by source, and the signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct. The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. We may inform officials connected with other child nutrition, health and education program of the information on your form to determine benefits for those programs or for funding and/or evaluation purposes.
If a household member becomes unemployed, or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school nutrition office at 912-876-2162.  Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household's income falls at or below the levels shown above.
Under the provisions of this policy, a school official will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent is dissatisfied with the determination, he/she may contact the school either orally or in writing:
Dr. Chris Draffin
200 Bradwell St.
Hinesville, GA 31313
912-876-2162

 

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