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By Jimmie Earls
Pine Bluffs Post Editor 

School lunch assistance is available

 

With the start of the 2016-17 school year taking place this coming Monday, Laramie County School District #2 is taking steps to make sure no student goes hungry while attending school.

In a release provided by the school district, free and reduced price meals will be available for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Each school, and the district office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party. See the chart on the right for a breakdown of eligibility requirements.

"Right now, an average of 42 percent of our students receive some sort of assistance on school lunches," said LCSD2 Superintendent Jon Abrams. "That varies from school to school and the need for assistance is higher in the elementary schools than the secondary schools."

Students who live in a residence that receives SNAP benefits or foster children can be directly certified for free lunch and breakfast without completing a meal benefit income application.Contact the school or Stacy Jenkins at the district office for more information.

Students that are in the POWER and FDPIR categories can be certified for free lunch and breakfast after a meal benefit income application is completed by the adult. The adult must include the adult household member's signature and the appropriate case number.

Students who are determined to be homeless or runaway by the school will receive free lunch and breakfast. Contact the school or Stacy Jenkins at the District Office for more information.

Households not receiving SNAP, POWER (not Caretaker Relative) or FDPIR benefits can be eligible for free or reduced lunches and breakfasts by completing a Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family application. It must include all members of the household and their income, the last four digits of the primary adult's social security number and signature. Forms can be obtained through the school or from the District Office. Information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

"If you're hungry, you're not going to perform at your best, just like at work," Abrams added. "It's difficult to focus on the task at-hand and we want to do what we can to make sure students who need help qualify."

Under the provisions of the free and reduced price policy, LCSD#2 will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request orally or in writing to Mr. Jon Abrams, Superintendent, P.O. Box 489, Pine Bluffs, WY 82082, or phone: 307-245-4050 for a hearing on the decision.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. The household may now be eligible for benefits if the household's income is at or below the levels shown.

Abrams said, "All of our staff are always on the lookout to see if there is a student who is struggling for a variety of reasons and, if hunger is an issue, we want to help in any way we can."

 

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