Free & Reduced Meal Program
ALL GREECE CENTRAL SCHOOLS STUDENTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE COMPLETE BREAKFAST & LUNCH MEALS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR REGARDLESS OF THE HOUSEHOLD INCOME
On August 31, 2020, the Federal Government announced free breakfast and lunch for all students in all districts across the nation until June 30, 2021. This waiver has been extended until June 30, 2022.
A student is required to include at least three of the offerings, one of which must be a fruit or vegetable to qualify for free lunch. Failure to do so would require Food Service to record the transaction as an à la carte purchase. Any lunch items purchased à la carte (including milk only purchases) are NOT covered under the waiver and must be paid for. This also includes snacks, doubles, water bottles, cookies, and ice creams.
Even though ALL STUDENTS WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR FREE MEALS FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR, each household is receiving free & reduced meal application. Families are encouraged to complete the application for the following reasons:
- If the Federal Government releases future P-EBT Food Benefit Cards, families without a current Free & Reduced Meals Application might not be eligible for the benefit.
- Fee waivers for SAT, ACT, AP exams, and dual enrollment might not be granted to students who do not have a current application on file.
- Free meals to all students will expire on June 30, 2022. Students without a current eligibility application on file cannot be considered temporarily free eligible for the first 30 operational days of the next school year (2022/2023).
Applications were mailed to families on August 16, 2021. Applications can be downloaded and printed by clicking on the link below. Families can apply for free or reduced price breakfast and lunch at any time throughout the school year. If you do not qualify at the beginning of the school year, and your needs change, you can apply at any time during the school year. Only one application per household. Families will be notified, by letter, within 10 business days if qualify for the program.
DIRECT CERTIFICATION (STUDENTS WHO ARE AUTOMATICALLY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS AND AN APPLICATION IS NOT REQUIRED)
Greece CSD receives a Direct Certification file from NY State Education Department which contain households that arereceiving either Food Stamps or Medicaid. If your household is on the file, you will be notified (via mail) that your school-age child(ren) is eligible to receive free meals. You do not need to fill out an application if you receive this letter from the district.
Ways to return an application:
Mail: GCSD, Office of Food Service
PO Box 300, N. Greece, NY 14515
Attn: Christine Viegas (F&R Meals Coordinator)
Scanned to: email@example.com (must have original signature)
Drop off: Come in person to drop off the application at Odyssey Academy, 750 Maiden Lane, Rochester, NY 14615. Go through door#5 (back of the building) and give the application to the security desk.
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.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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