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Answers to commonly asked questions regarding free and reduced applications

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CHENEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

12414 S. ANDRUS RD., CHENEY, WA   99004


(509) 559-4506 * FAX 559-4980

www.cheneysd.org

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Children need healthy meals to learn. The Cheney School District offers healthy meals every school day.  In order for Cheney School District’s Nutrition Services Department to offer free or reduced meals to your students you must complete a new application each school year.  You can apply online through your Skyward Family Access account or fill out a paper application and return it to your school or the district office.

Online applications are the preferred way to apply as we are able to process these applications much quicker.  Once logged in, please follow the directions below.  If you do not have a Skyward Family Access account or do not remember your password please contact your school secretary and they will be able to help you.

Online Applications:

  1. Select the "Food Service" tab.
  2. Select one of your students names (this must be done or the "add application" link will not appear).
  3. Select "Applications"
  4. Select "Add Application"
  5. Complete information and then click "Submit".

 

Commonly asked questions:  

  1. What are the prices of lunches and the prices of reduced lunches?

       Elementary Lunch……….          $2.60       

                       Reduced…………….………..  $.40

           Reduced K- 3 Lunch……         No fee

       Elementary Breakfast……          $1.65     

           Reduced  Breakfast……..        No fee

                           Reduced K-3 Breakfast            No fee

       Milk or Juice…………………   $ .65

       Secondary Lunch………..          $3.10

               Reduced………….             $.40

       Secondary Breakfast                   $1.75 

           Secondary Reduced Breakfast  No fee

       Milk or Juice………………     $ .65

       Adult Lunch…………….           $4.00             

        Adult Breakfast…………           $2.50

 

  1. Do K – 3 students need to pay the $ .40 co-pay for reduced meals?

       This year all students qualifying for reduced breakfast and lunch will not have to pay the $ .40 co-pay for breakfast. This year those students in grades K – 3 that qualify for reduced lunch will not have to pay the $ .40 co-pay for lunch. The reason for this is the 2007 WA State Legislature appropriated funds to be used to eliminate the co-payment that students eligible to receive reduced-price breakfasts pay and eliminated the co-payment for lunch for students in K – 3. Therefore, beginning with school year 2008 – 2009, public schools will no longer charge reduced-price students for their breakfasts and will not charge reduced-price students in K – 3 for lunch. If you have any questions regarding this change, please call LJ Klinkenberg, Nutrition Services Director, at 559-4506.

 

  1. Do I need to fill out an application for each child?

   No. Complete 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 your child’s school or the Nutrition Services Department which is located at 12414 S. Andrus Rd., Cheney.

 

  1. Who can qualify for free meals?

Children in households getting Basic Food, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Food Distribution on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), and most foster children can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.

 

  1. Who can qualify for reduced meals?

Your child(ren) can receive reduced price meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Chart, shown on the free and reduced price application.

 

  1. Should I fill out an application if the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has notified me saying my child(ren) is eligible for free meals?

No. A letter will be sent with your child stating that you have been automatically qualified for free meals before October 1st. If you have any further questions, please call LJ Klinkenberg, Nutrition Services Director, at 559-4506.

 

  1. Will the information I give be checked?

Yes, we may ask you to sent written proof, through the verification process.

 

  1. 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 receiving Basic Food, TANF or other benefits. If you lose your job, your child(ren) may be able to get free or reduced price meals.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. 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.

 

  1. What if my income is not always the same?

List the amount that you normally get. 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.

 

  1. We are in the military, do we include our housing allowance as income?

If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. All other allowances must be included in your gross income.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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