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Please return your completed Free & Reduced Meal Application in to the office.
One application per household please.
PLEASE NOTE: All school meals are being offered for free to all children ages 18 and under for the 2021-2022 school year. We are asking all families that may qualify for free and reduced pricing under the normal guidelines to fill out their applications as soon as possible. Free and Reduced qualifications may also lead to other funding opportunities for extra curricular activities and future federal funding for the district.
Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.
Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.
Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.
Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.
Please submit an application to determine eligibility, one has been sent home in the back to school packet from your child’s school. Parents are highly encouraged to complete an application as soon as possible to avoid charges to your child’s meal account as this will be your responsibility to pay any charges incurred. One application per family must be fully completed each school year. Be sure to include all members of the household and all income and return to your child’s school. Once the application is processed you will be notified via email if one is available or by mail.
National School Lunch & Breakfast Program
Amherst and Pelham Public Schools
All three school districts participate in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. As a participant in the program, all three districts offer free or reduced-price meals according to the guidelines below.
Children from households that meet federal guidelines [above] are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services. Complete one application per household for all children. If you receive a letter that states your child(ren) are eligible for free meals via the direct certification process, you do NOT need to complete an application to receive free meal benefits. If you need to complete an application, you can obtain a copy by contacting the main office at your child’s school. Households must answer all applicable questions. Incomplete applications cannot be processed. Households may apply for benefits at any time during the school year. Homeless, migrant, runaway youth and foster care children are categorically eligible for free meals. Households that do not agree with the determination may request a fair hearing.
Children need healthy meals to learn. The Amherst, Pelham and Amherst-Pelham Regional Schools offer healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $0.80 for elementary school students and $1.30 for middle and high school students. Lunch costs $3.25 for all schools. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. The reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.
All meals served must meet the meal requirements as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If a child has been determined by a doctor to have a disability and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal (or alternate), food service staff, in conjunction with doctor recommendations, will make substitutions at no extra charge. If your child needs substitutions because of a disability, please contact the school for further information.
If you have any questions, please contact the food service department at 413-362-1826.