Schools announce free lunch policy


The Wellington Schools have announced the 2015-2016 policy for free and reduced-price meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack, or Special Milk Program.

Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy for review.

Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used for determining eligibility. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the federal guidelines are eligible for free- and reduced-price meals or free milk.

Application forms are being distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free and reduced-price benefits, households should fill out the application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the principal’s office at each school. A complete application is required.

Households that already receive Special Nutrition Assistance Program benefits or Ohio Works First funds for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number, and signature of an adult household member on the application. Households that do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all household members, the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application (or state “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security Number), the amount and source of income received by each household member, and the signature of an adult household member.

If any of this information is missing, the school cannot process the application.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income. Foster families can contact the school for more information.

FREE HEALTH CARE

Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for free health care coverage through Medicaid or Ohio’s Healthy Start and Healthy Families programs.

This includes coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse, and more. Call 800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found online at jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/familychild.stm.

Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services. Households will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits.