White Hall School District announces its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch Program, Afterschool Snack Program, and/or School Breakfast Program, according to a news release.


Each school and/or the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by anyone. The price for a paid student breakfast is $1.50 and lunch is $3.


The household size and income criteria on the application will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits for the new school year. Children from households whose income is at or below the federal poverty levels are eligible for free meals or for reduced price meals. The level is 130% for free meals and 185% for reduced price meals, according to the news release.


For example, for free meals, for a household of one, the federal poverty guideline is $12,490 and the annual income is $16,237. For reduced priced meals, for a household of one, the annual income is $23,107.


Household application forms are being distributed by the schools. Only one application should be submitted for each household. Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must complete the application and return it to the school, according to the news release.


Children from families receiving the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly food stamps, are eligible for free meals. SNAP households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by Aug. 9.


Children certified as migrant, homeless or runaway by the district are eligible for free meals. Foster children are also eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Children in households that receive WIC may be eligible for benefits. An application must be completed for determination of eligibility. Contact Patsy Garner, child nutrition director at 870-247-2171, with questions regarding benefits.


Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official may make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision by contacting Superintendent Doug Dorris at 870-247-2171.


In accordance with federal civil rights law and United States 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. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA. To request a copy of the complaint form, call 866-632-9992.