National School Breakfast & Lunch Programs

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    Washoe County School District is pleased to announce our participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and the School Breakfast Program (SBP). Each school and the Nutrition Services Office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

    Children in households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and most foster children can receive free meals regardless of your income. Households receiving assistance under the SNAP, FDPIR, or TANF should only submit an Application for Meal Benefits if they are not notified of their current eligibility in the new school year.

    If the household income is within the Income Eligibility Guidelines, your student(s) can receive free or reduced price meals. School Meal Benefits Applications are available at the beginning of the school year at school sites and the Nutrition Services Office. The application is also available on-line at https://rocket.washoeschools.net.

    For school officials to determine eligibility and process applications for meal benefits, households must provide the following information on the application:

    Income Based Applications

    • Names of all household members
    • Amount, source, and frequency of current income for each household member
    • Signature of an adult household member
    • Last 4 digits of the social security number of the household’s primary wage earner, or another adult household member’s social security number, or an indication that the household member does not have one.

    Assistance Program Households: Households that are approved for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), are automatically approved and need only provide the following information on their applications for free or reduced priced meal benefits:

    • The names of all children for whom the application is made
    • SNAP, TANF, FDPIR case number or identifier, for the children or any household member listed on the application
    • The signature of the adult household member completing the application.

    Other Source Categorically Eligibility: Families of children classified as homeless, migrant, or runaway, may submit an application with the following information:

    • Names of the children for whom the application is made
    • Indication of the child’s categorically eligibility status
    • Signature of an adult household member

    Foster Children: Foster children are automatically approved for free meal benefits. They may be included as a member of the foster family’s household, as this may help other children in the household qualify for benefits, if that family chooses to apply for benefits for other children. If the foster family is ineligible for free or reduced benefits it does not prevent the foster child from receiving free meal benefits. A foster child only application should include the following:

    • Name of the foster child
    • Indication of the child’s foster care status
    • Signature of an adult household member

    Mixed Applications: These types of applications contain children who are other source categorically eligible, including foster children and the biological children on the household. These applications must include the following information:

    • Names of all household members
    • Amount and source of current income for each member and the frequency of income
    • An indication of the program source of Other Source Categorical Eligibility Status
    • Signature of an adult household member
    • Last 4 digits of the social security number of the household’s primary wage earner, or another adult household member’s social security number, or an indication that the household member does not have one.

     

    Children need healthy meals to learn. The Washoe County School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast price is $1.85; lunch price is $2.90 for elementary and $3.15 for middle and high school. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals. There is no charge for reduced price meals for the current school year.Return the completed application to the school cafeteria or the Nutrition Services Center, or apply on-line at https://rocket.washoeschools.net.

    1. Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Use one Free and Reduced Meal Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to the school cafeteria or the Nutrition Services Center.

    2. Who can qualify for free meals? All children in households receiving SNAP, FDPIR or TANF and foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals regardless of income. If the household gross income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free meals, do not complete the application, but do let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter you received.

    3. Can homeless, runaway and migrant children receive free meals? Please call the school, homeless liaison or migrant coordinator to see if your child(ren) qualifies, if you have not been informed that they will receive free meals.

    4. Who can qualify for reduced price meals? Your children can receive meals if your household’s gross income is within the reduced price meal limits on the Federal Income Chart. There is no charge for reduced price meals for the current school year.

    5. Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are approved for free or reduced price meals? Please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. Call Silvia Martinez-Gil at 325-8427 if you have questions.

    6. My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one? Yes. Your child’s application is good for that school year and for the first 30 days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. The school is not required to send a reminder notice of expired eligibility.

    7. I get WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.

    8. Will the information I give be checked? Yes, we may ask you to send verification proof of income.

    9. If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting SNAP, TANF or other benefits. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

    10. What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to Nutrition Services. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing: Rick Martin, Director of Transportation, P.O. Box 30425, Reno, NV 89520, 775-337-7736.

    11. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

    12. Who should I include as members of my household? You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you. You cannot claim someone who is not residing in your household or who is economically independent.

    13. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes.

    14. We are in the military; do we include our housing allowance as income? If you get an off base housing allowance, it must be included as income. If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income.


    If you have other questions or need assistance, please call Silvia Martinez-Gil collect at 775-325-8427.

    There is no charge for reduced price meals for the current school year.

    The Washoe County School District offers healthy meals every school day. Student breakfast price is $1.85; lunch price is $2.90 for elementary and $3.15 for middle and high school.

     

    INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES FOR FREE & REDUCED PRICE CATAGORIES

     FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020

    FREE MEALS

    REDUCED PRICE MEALS

    Household Size

    Annual

    Monthly

    Twice Per Month

    Every Two Weeks

    Weekly

     

    Annual

    Monthly

    Twice Per Month

    Every Two Weeks

    Weekly

     

    1

    $16,237

    $1,354

    $677

    $625

    $313

     

    $23,107

    $1,926

    $963

    $889

    $445

     

    2

    $21,983

    $1,832

    $916

    $846

    $423

     

    $31,284

    $2,607

    $1,304

    $1,204

    $602

     

    3

    $27,729

    $2,311

    $1,156

    $1,067

    $534

     

    $39,461

    $3,289

    $1,645

    $1,518

    $759

     

    4

    $33,475

    $2,790

    $1,395

    $1,288

    $644

     

    $47,638

    $3,970

    $1,985

    $1,833

    $917

     

    5

    $39,221

    $3,269

    $1,635

    $1,509

    $755

     

    $55,815

    $4,652

    $2,326

    $2,147

    $1,074

     

    6

    $44,967

    $3,748

    $1,874

    $1,730

    $865

     

    $63,992

    $5,333

    $2,667

    $2,462

    $1,231

     

    7

    $50,713

    $4,227

    $2,114

    $1,951

    $976

     

    $72,169

    $6,015

    $3,008

    $2,776

    $1,388

     

    8

    $56,459

    $4,705

    $2,353

    $2,172

    $1,086

     

    $80,346

    $6,696

    $3,348

    $3,091

    $1,546

     

    For Each Additional Family Member Add:

    $5,746

    $479

    $240

    $221

    $111

     

    $8,177

    $682

    $341

    $315

    $158

     

     

    BREAKFAST SCHOOLS

    Elementary School Breakfast is available at the following sites:

    Allen

    Anderson

    Beasley

    Beck

    Bennett

    Booth

    Cannon

    Corbett

    Desert Heights

    Diedrichsen

    Dodson

    Donner Springs

    Dbl. Diamond

    Drake

    Duncan

    Dunn

    Elmcrest

    Gomes

    Greenbrae

    Hall

    Hidden Valley

    Huffaker

    Hunter Lake

    Incline

    Juniper

    Lemelson

    Lemmon Valley

    Lincoln Park

    Loder

    Mathews

    Maxwell

    Mitchell

    Moss

    Mt. Rose

    Natchez

    Palmer

    Picollo

    Poulakidas

    Risley

    Silver Lake

    Alice Smith

    Kate Smith

    Smithridge

    Stead

    Sun Valley

    Towles

    Veterans

    Warner

    Winnemucca

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Middle School Breakfast is available at the following sites:

    Billinghurst

    Clayton

    Cold Springs

    Depoali

    Desert Skies

    Dilworth

    Incline

    Mendive

    O’Brien

    Pine

    Sky Ranch

    Sparks

    Swope

    Turning Point

    Traner

    Vaughn

     

     

     

     

     

     

    High School Breakfast is available at the following sites:

    AACT

    Damonte Ranch

    Galena

    Hug

    Innovations HS

    McQueen

    North Valleys

    Reed

    Reno

    Spanish Springs

    Sparks

    Washoe Inspire

    Wooster

     

     

      

    Charter School Breakfast is available at the following sites:

    Bailey

    Mariposa

    Sierra Nevada Academy

     

    COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION (CEP)/PROVISION II

    Free and Reduced Meal Benefits include breakfast and lunch.

    The following are Community Eligible Provision (CEP) or Provision II Schools and students do not complete applications for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits:

    Allen

    Anderson

    Bailey

    Bennett

    Booth

    Cannan

    Corbett

    Desert Heights

    Desert Skies MS

    Dilworth MS

    Dodson

    Drake

    Duncan

    Elmcrest

     

    Greenbrae

    Hug HS

    Lemelson

    Lemmon Valley

    Lincoln Park

    Loder

    Mariposa

    Mathews

    Maxwell

    Mitchell

    Natchez

     

    Palmer

    Picollo

    Risley

    Alice Smith

    Kate Smith

    Smithridge

    Sparks MS

     

    Stead

    Sun Valley

    Traner MS

    Turning Point

    Vaughn  MS

    Veterans

    Warner

    Washoe Inspire

     

     

     

    All students eat breakfast and lunch at no cost at a CEP and Provision II School.

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    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.

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    (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
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    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;


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