Clovis Unified School District has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Each school and/or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.
Families may review the chart above to see if their child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on household size and income.
Children who receive CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (Kin-GAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible for free meals, regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Those household may receive a letter of eligibility by Aug. 19 and won’t need to fill out an application for free or reduced-priced meals. If those households are not notified of their eligibility, their applications need only to include the child’s name, CalFresh, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number and the signature of an adult household member.
Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing them of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for enrolled children; applications are also available at all Clovis Unified school sites.
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To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits, households must complete an application and return it to the school for processing at any time during the school year.
The information households provide on the application will be used to determine meal eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or program officials.
For households who do not list a CalFresh, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number, the application must include the names of all household members, the amount and source of the income received by each household member and the signature and corresponding last four digits of a Social Security number of an adult household member. If the household member who signs the application does not have a Social Security number, the household member must indicate on the application that a Social Security number is not available.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the determining official, as designated by the sponsor/agency, shall review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility ruling may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing with the sponsor/agency’s hearing official.
Parents or guardians should contact Campus Catering for specific information regarding the name of the determining official and/or hearing official for a specific school, agency or district.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact Campus Catering. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the levels shown in the chart.