Nutrition Services Director
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Who can get free or reduced
All children in households
receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP),
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or the Food Distribution Program
on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are eligible for free meals.
Foster children that are under
the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free
Children participating in their
school's Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
Children who meet the definition
of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free mails.
Children may receive free or
reduced price meals if your household's income is within the limits on the
Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines.
Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household
income falls at or below the limits on this chart.
Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
No. 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.
3. 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.
4. Can homeless, runaway
and migrant children get free meals?
Do the members of your household
lack a permanent address? Are you
staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing
arrangement? Does your family relocate
on a seasonal basis? Are any children
living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household
meet these descriptions and haven't been told your children will get free
meals, please call or email Pamela Swanson, 531-299-9442,
5. May I apply if
someone in my household is not a U.S. Citizen?
Yes. You, your children or other household members
do not have to be US Citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals.
6. Will the information I
give be checked or verified?
Yes, we may ask you to send
written proof of the information you report.
7. How will I be notified
of the results of my application?
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.
8. May I
reapply if my income changes or is not always the same?
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 1-800-383-4278.
9. What if some household
members have no income to report?
Household 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. However, if any income fields are
left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields
blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
10. My child’s application was approved last year for meal
benefits. Do I need to fill out another one?
Yes, 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 you were notified that your child is eligible for the
new school year. If you do not send in a
new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified
that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full
price for meals.
11. What if my income is
not always the same?
List 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.
12. We are in the military.
Do we report our income differently?
Your 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.
13. Who should I include as
members of my household?
You must include yourself and all
people living in your household, related or not (such as children,
grandparents, other relatives or friends).
List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and
attach it to your application. Contact
Pamela Swanson, 3215 Cuming St. Omaha, NE 68131-2024, 531-299-9442, firstname.lastname@example.org
to receive a second application.
14. I get WIC. Can my children get free meals?
Children in households
participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price
meals. Please send in an application.
15. Can I apply online?
You are encouraged to complete an
online application instead of a paper application. The online application has the same
requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper
https://schoolcafe.com to begin or learn more about the online
application process. Contact Pamela Swanson,
3215 Cuming St. Omaha, NE 68131-2024, 531-299-9442, email@example.com
if you have questions about the online application.
Falsifying an application may
result in loss of meal benefits and prosecution of adult signee.
If you have any questions
or need help, please feel free to contact Pamela Swanson 531-299-9442.
This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.
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: https://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
(1) Mail: U.S. Department of
Office of the Assistant Secretary
for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
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