Chesterfield County students may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County Public Schools students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, based on household size and income.

Families can get a printed application at schools or at the school system’s Food and Nutrition Services Office at 7610 Whitepine Road or by calling 804-743-3717. There is also an online application available by clicking here. Only one application per family is required.

Information that families submit is entirely confidential. Going through the cafeteria line is exactly the same for students receiving free or reduced-price meals as it is for students who do not qualify for the program.

Other children who may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals are homeless, migrant or runaway children; foster children who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court, regardless of the income of the household in which they reside; and children in households participating in the Women, Infants and Children Program. Children in households enrolled in SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which was formerly the food stamp program) or TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) may not need to complete an application for free or reduced-price meals. However, if SNAP or TANF families were not contacted before school opens September 6th, they should fill out an application for free or reduced-price meals.

Breakfast includes an entrée, two fruits and milk. A full lunch includes an entrée or sandwich, one or two vegetables, one or two fruits and milk. The full price of breakfast is $1.50. The full price of lunch is $2.40 in elementary schools, $2.50 in middle schools and $2.75 in high schools. During the 2016-2017 year, Chesterfield County Public Schools will waive the reduced fee so that students who qualify for reduced-price breakfasts and lunches will receive them free.

School officials will review applications and notify households of their eligibility. Households may discuss the ruling or get more information by calling Rebecca Bryant at 804-743-3722. Families whose application is denied may appeal the decision by contacting Chief Operations Officer Nita Mensia-Joseph, by letter at 7610 Whitepine Road, North Chesterfield, Va. 23237, or phone at 804-743-3717. Appeals may be made orally or in writing.

If a household is not eligible now for free or reduced-price meals but experiences a financial change during the year, then a parent or guardian should submit another application. Families who are notified of their eligibility but who do not want their children to receive free meals should call Rebecca Bryant at 804-743-3722.

The nondiscrimination policy for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program, is available by clicking here.

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