District Invites Eligible Families To Apply For Free Or Reduced-Price Meals

The School District of Palm Beach County invites all eligible families to apply for free or reduced-price meals.

Household size and income criteria will determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals for students enrolled in Palm Beach County schools.

Children from families whose income is at or below the cutoff levels may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals. An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire school year.

Families should allow 10 days for processing applications, which are available at the principal’s office in each school. Families need to complete one application per household, even if the siblings attend different Palm Beach County schools. The information provided on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP/TANF case number and signature of an adult household member.

Foster children will receive free benefits regardless of the child’s personal income or the income of the household. If the foster family chooses to apply and the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced-price meals, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits.

Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless or runaways should contact district liaison Anax Pompilus at (561) 434-8852.

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their applications. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income.

All other households must provide the following information listed on the application:

• Total household income listed by amount received and type of income and how often the income is received (wages, child support, etc.) received by each household member;

• Names of all household members;

• Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and

• Last four digits of the Social Security number of the adult signing the application or check the box for “N SSN” for this household member if he or she does not have a Social Security number.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, contact the school. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed should also contact the school. Such changes may make the student eligible for free or reduced-price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the approved levels.

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the superintendent will review applications and determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.

If a parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to Chief Operating Officer Michael Burke, 3340 Forest Hill Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33406 or call (561) 434-8510.

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the free or reduced-price meal application may be used by the school system to determine eligibility for other educational programs.