Free and Reduced Lunch Info

What are the benefits for completing the Free and Reduced-Price Meal application?
Besides having your child receive a hot nutritious meal, it is very important for the Garfield Re-2 School District to receive the funding for these nutritious meals. Therefore, completing the Free/Reduced-Price Meal Application and returning it to your child's school or the Nutrition Services office is also as important. Garfield Re-2 School District receives much of its federal funding for students qualifying for Free/Reduced-Price meals even if you choose to not participate in the school meals program. Just by your qualifying, the district receives money for educational needs.

Who will see my application?
We may share your eligibility information with federal education programs, state health and nutrition programs to help evaluate, fund or determine benefits for their programs, audits for program state and federal reviews, district finance office.

How do I apply for Free/Reduced-Price meal benefits for my children?
To receive meal benefits you must complete a Free/Reduced-Price meal application. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so please be sure to fill out all required information.

Completed applications must contain:
• Names and income of every Garfield Re-2 School District student in your household
• Names and income of every other member in the household
• The last four digits of your social security number OR check the box indicating "I do not have a Social Security Number"
• Adult Signature
• SNAP case number if you have one.
Why do I have to reapply each year?
Federal guidelines require that we have a new application on file each school year.

Why was my application selected for verification?
Federal guidelines require us to conduct income verification of at least 3% of all applications on file each year. Applications are randomly selected for verification by our computer system. Within a specified time period, parents/guardians must provide adequate documentation to verify income. If the adequate documentation is not provided, the student could lose free or reduced-price meal benefits.

Why did my child's free/reduced status at the beginning of the year change to full paid status?
The following are some scenarios why you might have changed to a full paid status:

• Federal guidelines require a new application every school year. If you do not complete a new application within 30 student contact days from the first day of school, your children will automatically change to full paid status.
• Federal guidelines require a verification once a year. If you do not submit the required documentation within the verification time frame, your student's status will become full paid.

How do I know what my child's meal status will be?
Once your application has been processed, we will send you a notification letter stating what your child's meal status will be. Please keep this letter for your records.

May I complete an application for Free and Reduced-price meals by phone?
We are unable to accept applications by phone or online, due to our application processing system. All applications must be completed on the official paper form. Paper forms may be turned in to the school offices or kitchens or to the Nutrition Services Office located at 215 East 30th St, Rifle, C0 81650. For more information; please contact Free and Reduced Coordinator Shari Edwards at 970-665-7604.

What happens if I do not return the application?
Your household will be required to pay the full price for any meal your child purchases at school.
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