What's for Lunch and Breakfast?
What's for Lunch and Breakfast?
Posted on 07/17/2017
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Cristo Rey Kansas City families can plan their student’s breakfast and lunch for the upcoming school year before the first day of school rolls around on Monday, August 14. All students are invited to participate in the Free and Reduced Lunch Program during the 2017-2018 school year. Look for an application to arrive in the mail.

Guidelines for the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program consider family-size and household income to determine eligibility.

Household

Maximum Household Income

Maximum Household Income

Size

Eligible for Free Meals

Eligible for Reduced Price Meals

 

Annually

Monthly

Weekly

Annually

Monthly

Weekly

1

$15,678

$1,307

$302

$22,311

$1,860

$430

2

21,112

1,760

406

30,044

2,504

578

3

26,546

2,213

511

37,777

3,149

727

4

31,980

2,665

615

45,510

3,793

876

5

37,414

3,118

720

53,243

4,437

1,024

6

42,848

3,571

824

60,976

5,082

1,173

7

48,282

4,024

929

68,709

5,726

1,322

8

53,716

4,477

1,033

76,442

6,371

1,471

Each add’l

 

 

 

 

 

 

member

+ 5,434

+ 453

+ 105

+ 7,733

+ 645

+ 149

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Children from families whose current income is at or below those shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals.  Applications are available in the school office and are mailed to each home.

How To Apply

Fill out a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application and return it to the school. 

Applicant information is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility. 

Applications may be submitted any time during the school year. 

A complete application is required as a condition of eligibility.  

What Is Needed To Apply

(1) household income from all sources or Food Stamp/TANF case number

(2) names of all household members

(3) the signature and last four digits of social security number or indication of no social security number of adult household member signing the application. 

Foster children may be eligible regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. If a family member becomes unemployed or if family size changes, contact Cristo Rey to file a new application. 

Cristo Rey will notify families of their children’s eligibility status fo free or reduced price meals. 

Under the provisions of the policy, a school administrator will review the application and determine eligibility.  If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official, they may wish to discuss the decision with the hearing official on an informal basis or he/she may make a request either orally or in writing to the Principal.

Hearing procedures are outlined in the policy, which is available in the school office.

USDA Non-discrimination Statement
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. Individuals 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 

(3) Email: program.intake@usda.gov. 

Cristo Rey Kansas City is an equal opportunity provider. 

Origins
President Harry Truman signed into law the National School Lunch Act in 1946, in part as a way to provide meals to low-income students. In 1966, as part of President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty," the federal government began funneling extra money into school districts with high concentrations of poverty, as a way to blunt its effect.

Other Support Services
The National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs complement Harvesters’ Kids Café, which provides nutritious after-school snacks for Cristo Rey students. Eating healthy helps students do better in school and improves chances for success. Through Kids Café students
learn healthy eating habits, reducing the risk of chronic disease in adulthood. Harvesters’ funds the program from September through May.

With support from the Jacob L. and Ella C. Loose Foundation, Cristo Rey is available to continue Kids Café for the months of August and June. Additionally, the Lose Foundation offers support for families experiencing challenges in acquiring required school uniform essentials.
 

Do Healthy School Meals Improve Student Performance?  (Link to article in The Atlantic)