Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
Complete one Free and Reduced Meal Application for all students in your household
and return to your youngest child’s school or complete an online application.
2. Should I fill out an application if I receive a letter
this school year saying my children are already approved for free meals?
No, but please read the letter you received
carefully and follow the instructions. If any children, in your
household, were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Nutrition
Services, 531-299-9442, immediately.
3. Can homeless, runaway and migrant children get free
please call 531-299-9442 if you have not been informed they will get free
4. May we apply if we are not US Citizens?
or your children do not have to be US Citizens to qualify for free or
5. Will the information I give be checked or verified?
we may ask you to send written proof of the information you give.
6. How will I be notified of the results of my
Upon making application for free or reduced-price meals, the
determining official will notify you by a letter sent to your
child’s school, of the “Approval” or “Denial”. If you do not agree
with the decision, you may discuss it with the determining official. If
you wish to review the decision further, you have the right to a fair
hearing. This can be done by writing or calling: Nutrition Services
Director, 3215 Cuming St, Omaha, Nebraska 68131-2024, or call 531-299-0230.
7. May I reapply if my income changes?
You may apply for meal benefits any time during the school year,
if your household size goes up; income goes down, or if you start receiving
SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance
for Needy Families), or FDPIR (Food Distribution on Indian Reservations).
If you lose your job, your children may be able to qualify for free or
reduced-price meals. To find out how to apply for SNAP or other economic
assistance benefits, please go online at ACCESSNebraska.ne.gov or call
8. What if some household members have no income to
members may not receive some types of income that we ask you to report on the
application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens,
please record a 0 in the field.
9. My child’s application was approved last year for meal
benefits. Do I need to fill out another one?
your child’s application is good only for that school year and for the first
few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless
the school informed you that your child is eligible for the new school
10. What if my income is not always the same?
the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally earn $1000
each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put
down that you make $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include
it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost
a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
11. We are in the military. Do we report our income
basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any
cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive
Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as
income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing
Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as
income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also
excluded from income.
12. Who should I include as members of my household?
must include yourself and all people living in your household, related or not
(such as children, grandparents, other relatives or friends).
Falsifying an application may result in loss
of meal benefits and prosecution of adult signee.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and
employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are
prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex,
disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in
any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for
program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign
Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied
for benefits. Individual who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech
disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-
8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages
other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program
Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:
http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust_html and at any USDA office, or
write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the
information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form,
call (866) 632-9992. Submit your
completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) Email: email@example.com
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.