BRENTWOOD -- All far East County school districts have announced the free and reduced-price meals policy for the upcoming school year, including the Brentwood, Liberty, Byron, Oakley and Knightsen school districts.
The policy is under the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program and each school should have a copy of the policy for public review. To determine eligibility for free or reduced-price meals, families should examine the household size and income criteria, according to the California Department of Education.
Those children who now receive CalFresh, California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids, Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations benefits are already eligible for free meals. Foster child eligibility is only based on the child's personal use income.
Application forms are being sent to households in each district and they are also available in the main offices of each campus. Completed applications should be returned to the student's home school for processing during any time throughout the school year.
Meal eligibility will be determined by the data that is provided on each application and it can be verified during the school year by school or program officials. Among the information required on the application is the names of all household members, family income amounts and Social Security numbers for adults in the home.
Eligibility rulings may be disputed through an appeal hearing. Parents would make a formal request orally or in writing.
Reach Paula King at 925-779-7174 or firstname.lastname@example.org.