Eligibility for Free or reduced price meals based on income

Weston Public SchoolsWeston Public Schools announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch Programs. Local school officials have adopted the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Income Eligibility Guidelines following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility.

The Weston schools district offers a choice of healthy meals each school day. Children may buy lunch for $2.85 at Hurlbutt Elementary and the intermediate school, $3.35 at the middle school, and $3.60 at the high school. The price for the Boar’s Head Deli Station and certain “Outtakes” items (pre-made grab-and-go Boar’s Head deli sandwiches) are $3.75 at the middle and high school.

Children who qualify under USDA guidelines may get meals free or at a reduced price of $0.40 for lunch. All meals served must meet nutrition standards established by the USDA.

The federal income eligibility guidelines are posted on the Weston school district website, westonps.org. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.

An application for free meal benefits cannot be approved unless it contains all required information.

To obtain an application form, visit westonps.org, call 203-291-1438, or visit any school main office. Return the completed application to the child’s school principal office.

One application may be used for all students in a household.

If a child has a disability, as determined by a doctor, and the disability prevents the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make substitutions prescribed by the doctor. If a substitution is needed, there will be no extra charge for the meal.

Call the individual school for more information: Hurlbutt Elementary School (203-291-1444), Weston Intermediate School (203-291-2700), Weston Middle School (203-291-1500), Weston High School (203-291-1600).

Households receiving SNAP benefits or TFA for their children will automatically qualify a child for free meals.

Households with children enrolled in the Head Start/Even Start Program should contact the school for assistance in receiving benefits.

Subsidized adoptions and subsidized guardianships are not automatically eligible for free meals. These require the calculation of all household income plus the adoption/guardianship subsidy.

Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. A foster child’s free eligibility does not automatically extend to all students in the household.

For questions on whether a child is eligible for free or reduced priced meals, call or email Lois Pernice at 203-291-1406 or loispernice[email protected]

Those who disagree with the school’s decision on an application should first talk to the school principal. Applicants may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to JoAnn Keating, director of finance and operations, 203-291-1407, 24 School Road, Weston, CT 06883.

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