there are a few things you should know.
If you received a letter from the school saying that your children were automatically approved (directly certified) for free meals for the 2018–2019 school year because someone in your household participates in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) then you do not need to submit an application.
We need only one application for all the children in your household that attend school at Blackstone Valley Prep.
Eligibility for free or reduced price school meal benefits is based on any one of these three things:- your total household income and size in the month the application is filled out, or the month before, or- your child’s individual status as foster, homeless, migrant or runaway, or- participation in an assistance program by any member of your household
Your US citizenship or immigration status does not affect your eligibility for free and reduced price benefits.
Things you'll need- If you have this information handy, it will make the application process fast and easy.- If you participate in SNAP, TANF , or FDPIR you will need to know your case number (not your card or account number).- If you do not participate in any of the above assistance programs, you will need to report your total household income. In that case… -if anyone in your household has a job, you may need to reference the earnings statements or pay stubs to report your gross income, which is different from the amount you actually receive in your paycheck. -if anyone receives Social Security or retirement benefits, you may need to gather the benefit statements to report the amount and frequency of the payments. -you may also need to reference other financial documents for additional sources of income.
If you have more questions, you can refer to:Detailed instructions in English (https://goo.gl/zGYV95)Detailed instructions in Spanish (https://goo.gl/8LBGQK)
You can also reach out to your school's office for assistance. http://blackstonevalleyprep.org/about/contact/
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