LORRI MOWERY, DIRECTOR OF FOOD SERVICES

937.349.9000 ext. 2186 
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FOOD SERVICES

Pyramid

Cafeteria Changes for 22-23

As we continue to take steps towards normal school operations, there will be changes to the school lunch program. The grant that has covered breakfasts and lunches for all students for the past two years will no longer be available for the 2022-2023 school year.

If your student has qualified for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program in the past, or your situation has changed and you believe you may now qualify, you are highly encouraged to complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application at the beginning of the school year and return it to the building office. The 2022-2023 application will be available in July. The Free/Reduced Lunch program provides many supportive benefits beyond free or reduced meals, including reducing school fees and assisting with college application fees. 

Meal prices have changed. The prices for breakfasts and lunches for the 2022-2023 school year are as follows:

  • Breakfast, all buildings $2.00

  • Elementary School $3.00

  • Middle School $3.25

  • High School $3.25

  • Milk $0.65

Additionally, we will welcome new faces in the Food Services department next school year. Please look for announcements welcoming new staff when we return to school. We will also be piloting new, kid-friendly recipes and are excited to hear what our students’ think. 

WHO QUALIFIES FOR FREE OR REDUCED PRICED MEALS?

  • All children in households receiving benefits from supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) or Ohio Works First (OWF) are eligible for free meals.

  • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.

  • 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 meals.

  • 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:

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2021-2022

Household Size

Yearly

Monthly

Weekly

1

23,828

1,986

459

2

32,227

2,686

620

3

40,626

3,386

782

4

49,205

4,086

943

5

57,424

4,786

1,105

6

65,823

5,486

1,266

7

74,222

6,186

1,458

8

82,621

6,886

1,589

Each Additional Person

8,399

700

162

DO MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?

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 email Ann Arthur or call 937.349.9000 ext. 1201.

DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?

No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals 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: Lorri Mowery 11158 St Rt 38 Milford Center, Ohio 43045.

SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED 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  Lorri Mowery or call 937.349.9000 ext. 2186.

MY APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?

Yes. Your application is only good for the school year you filed for and will cover the first month of the following school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.

I GET WIC, CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?

Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible. Please send in an application.

WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?

Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.

IF I DON'T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?

Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible if the household income drops below the income limit.

WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL'S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?

You may request a hearing by contacting  Adham Schirg or call 937.349.9000 ext. 1202.

CAN 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 U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.

WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?

List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $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.

WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?

Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field.

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, 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.

WHAT IF THERE ISN'T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?

List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. 

MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?

To find out how to apply for Ohio SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 877.852.0010.

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