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District offers low-cost meals to students who are eligible

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2000

This year's Free and Reduced Lunch Program applications have a different look from previous years. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has consolidated several applications and will now use a single form for obtaining information for a number of programs including the Student Nutrition Program, Title I and athletic waivers.

Applications will be available at school sites during registration dates and after the opening day of classes. The district would like to stress that all financial information received is confidential and will not be released except in strict accordance with program requirements.

The school district receives federal funding based on the information received from Free and Reduced Lunch Program applications, and therefore it is extremely important that families complete the application. Should a family choose not to participate in the free and reduced lunch program, their information will still be valuable to the district in determining the amount of federal finance revenue that will be received.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District/Student Nutrition Services provides free and reduced price meals to students under the National School Lunch Program. The program will become effective Aug. 23, 2000.

Students from families whose incomes are at or below the guidelines shown are eligible for free or reduced price meals or the School Waiver Program. To be considered for benefits, a KPBSD Student Program Application or a School Meal/Direct Certification Notification from Public Assistance must be submitted to a school or to the Student Nutrition Services office.

Application forms, application instructions and a letter to parents or guardians are available now at the schools or Student Nutrition Services office for early pick up, and also will be sent home with each student the first day of school. To apply for free or reduced price meal benefits, households should fill out one application per family or complete the School Meal/Direct Certification Notification from Public Assistance and return to the school or to the Student Nutrition Services office at 139 E. Park Avenue, Soldotna, AK 99669.

Students qualifying for meal benefits at the close of the 1999-00 school year may continue to receive benefits for up to 20 days at the start of the 2000-01 school year while a new application is being processed. All other students must bring a lunch or lunch money. Cost is $2.30 for elementary and $2.55 for secondary.

Please allow a period of up to 10 working days for the Student Nutrition Services office to process the application.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District participates in a number of federal, state and local programs whose funding formulas are based on economic factors. The application provides a Release of Information for Benefits Section for you to designate the programs that you wish your student's determination information to be applied to.

The KPBSD Student Nutrition Services uses the information for the purpose of determining meal benefits for the National School Lunch Program. The Title I Grant Program, the National Assessment of Education Program and the E-Rate Program uses aggregate numbers to send additional funding (educational dollars) to the district. The School Waiver Program uses the information to qualify students for free or reduced cost fees for book and material fees, library fees, athletic fees and others.

For additional information, call the KPBSD Student Nutrition Services Office at 262-9367.

In the operation of the child feeding programs, no child will be discriminated against because of race, gender, color, national origin, age or disability. If you believe you have been discriminated against, write immediately to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington DC 20250.

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