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Trussville City Schools free and reduced lunch program for 2019 – 2020

From The Trussville Tribune staff reports

TRUSSVILLE — Trussville City Schools released information on free and reduced lunches for the 2019 – 2020 school year.

The regular price of breakfast is $1.50 and lunch costs $2.50 for kindergarten through fifth grade and $2.75 for sixth through 12th grade. Reduced price is $0.30 for breakfast and $0.40 for lunch.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

1. WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
• All children in households receiving benefits from AL SNAP, the Food Distribution Program on
Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Alabama TANF, are eligible for free meals.
• Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for
free meals.
• Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
• Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
• Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on
the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals
if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.

2. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY? Do the members
of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary
housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who
have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these
descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Mandi Logan at
205-228-3033 or Mandi.logan@trussvillecityschools.com

3. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD? No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School
Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so
be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Morgan Bean, 113 N.
Chalkville Road, Trussville, AL 35173, 205-228-3034, morgan.bean@trussvillecityschools.com

4. SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN
ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS? No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the
instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Morgan
Bean, 113 N. Chalkville Road, Trussville, AL 35173, 205-228-3034,
morgan.bean@trussvillecityschools.com immediately.

5. CAN I APPLY ONLINE?
_______Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are
able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper
application. Visit [website] to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Contact [name,
address, phone number, e-mail] if you have any questions about the online application.
_X____No, an online application is not available at this time.

 

 

6. MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE? Yes. Your
child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through
Sept. 25, 2019. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible
for the new school year. If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not
been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals.

7. I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS? Children in households participating in WIC may be
eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.

8. WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the
household income you report.

9. IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For
example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and
reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

10. WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL’S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION? You should talk to school
officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Pattie Neill, Superintendent, 113 N.
Chalkville Road, Trussville, AL 35173.

11. MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN? Yes. You, your children, or other
household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.

12. WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if
you normally make $1,000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down
that you made $1,000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work
overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

13. WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT? Household members may not receive
some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this
happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be
counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

14. DO I HAVE TO PROVIDE MY SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER? Only the last four digits of the social security number of
the household’s primary wage earner or another adult household member (or an indication of “none”) is
required.

15. WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY? Your basic pay and cash bonuses
must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must
also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do
not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also
excluded from income.

16. WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY? List any additional household
members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Morgan Bean, 113 N.
Chalkville Road, Trussville, AL 35173 to receive a second application.
17. MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR? To find out how
to apply for AL SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-800-382-0499.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations
and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering
USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g.
Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where
they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact
USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made
available in languages other than English.

For more information on free and reduced lunches and to print an application, click here.

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