Free and Reduced Lunch Policy

Crestview Local Schools today announced its 2020-2021 program year policy for free and reduced price

meals and/or milk for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National
School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special Milk Programs. Each school office
and the central office have a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.
The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose
annual income is at or below the federal guidelines are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or free
milk if the school participates in the Special Milk Program.

Application forms are distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free and
reduced-price benefits, households should complete an application and return it to the school. Additional
copies are available at the principal’s office. A complete application is required. Households which
currently receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or
Ohio Works First (OWF) funds for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number
and signature of an adult household member on the application. Households that do not receive SNAP or
OWF funds must provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the Social Security
Number of the adult signing the application or state “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security
Number, the amount and source of income received by each household member, (state the monthly
income) and the signature of an adult household member. If any of this information is missing, the school
cannot process the application.

FREE HEALTH CARE: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for FREE health care
coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs
include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health,
substance abuse and more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application.
Information can also be found on the web at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/familychild.stm. Anyone
who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.

The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose to
determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program
official. To discourage the possibility of misrepresentation, the application forms contain a statement
above the space for signature certifying that all information furnished is true and correct. Applications are
being made in connection with the receipt of federal funds. Schools or other officials may check the
information on the application at any time during the school year. Deliberate misrepresentation of
information may subject the applicant to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws.
Households will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a
family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals or milk for them, contact
the school for more information.
 
2020-2021 Public Release Last Revised: 7/2020
Under the provision of the policy, Mrs. Kathy Mollenkopf, Superintendent will review applications and
determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian disagrees with the decision on the application or the result of
verification, the decision may be discussed with the determining official on an informal basis. If a formal
appeal is desired, the household has the right to a fair hearing. A fair hearing can be requested either
orally or in writing from: Mr. John Auld, President, Crestview Board of Education, 8819 Bergner Road,
Van Wert, OH 45891 phone (419) 749-9100

The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.
Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If a household is not currently
eligible and if the household size increases or income decreases because of unemployment or other
reasons, the family should contact the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the
children of the family eligible for free or reduced-price benefits if the family income falls at or below the
levels shown above.

Nondiscrimination Statement
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights
regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in
or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin,
sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity
conducted or funded by USDA.

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.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint
Form, (AD-3027) found online at: How to File a Complaint, and at any USDA office, or write a letter
addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a
copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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