Policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals Announced
Florence School District One
319 South Dargan Street
Florence, SC 29506
For Release: June 27, 2018
Re: Policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals Announced
Florence School District One has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.
For school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide the following information on the application:
(1) A SNAP* or TANF* case number certifying the household is currently eligible for either of these assistance programs and an adult household member signature or
(2) Names of all household members, the name and last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member signing the application form, current income by source for each household member, and a signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.
Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits regardless of household income. If a household has foster children living with them and the household has not previously been notified by the School District that their foster children have been directly certified for free meals, the household should include and count the foster children (including personal income earned by the foster children) on the household application form with other non-foster children.
Under the provisions of the policy, Florence One School Food Services employees Johnnie Warren and Kaya Day will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the reviewing officials may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewer on an informal basis. Parents who wish to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Donnie Chavis, Florence One Director of School Food Services, 319 S. Dargan Street, Florence, SC 29506. The number to call is (843) 673-1120 for a hearing to appeal the decision. The hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes, the household member should contact the school to file a meal application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible free or reduced price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels outlined in the policy. A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and at the Florence One Administration Office where any interested party may review it.
*SNAP - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
*TANF - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families