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Any interested person may review a copy of this policy by contacting:

School Food Service Office 3661 Interstate Park Rd. N., Suite 100, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404 or calling 1 (888) 383-2025.

Children from families whose income is at or below the Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines may qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meals.  Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility.  An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information. Once approved, meal benefits are good for an entire year. You do not need to notify the School Food Service Department of changes in income and household size.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a letter to parents or guardians.  To apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals, households must complete the application and return it to the school or the School Food Service Department office, or apply online at www.palmbeachschools.org/sfs. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office in each school.  The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

Households that receive Food Stamps or TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) are required to list on the application only the child’s name, Food Stamp/TANF case number, and signature of adult household member. 

Foster children may receive benefits based on the child’s personal income regardless of the income of the household.

Household with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact the district liaison. Call (561) 434-8852 for homeless or (561) 202-0356 for migrant.

For the purpose of determining household size, deployed service members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income.

All other households must provide the following information listed on the application:

  • Total household income listed by amount received and type of income and how often the income is received (wages, child support, etc.) received by each household member;   
  • Names of all household members;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or the word “NONE” for this household member if he or she does not have a Social Security Number.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted. Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown in the Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines below.

Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy the School Food Service Department office staff will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to: Susan Franklin, phone number (888) 383-2025 or at the following address – 3661 Interstate Park Rd. N., Suite 100, Riviera Beach, Florida 33404.

Unless indicated otherwise on the application, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may not be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs.

Non-Discrimination Statement:  This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly.  In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TYY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.  

For more information contact Susan Franklin at (561) 383-2058 or via e-mail at   frankls@palmbeach.k12.fl.us.

  

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