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Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Ivy Academia is proud to announce that we have been approved to offer free meals to any needy child starting October 2020 under the Seamless Summer Option and associated waivers. This approval allows us to continue our commitment of ensuring that all students have access to adequate nutrition by offering breakfast and lunch on every school day. Meals will be available on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8 and 11 am at the Food Distribution center on campus (5975 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367), entrance on Oxnard between Shoup Ave. and Capistrano Ave. Parents are able to pick up the meals and children do not need to be present. Monday pick-up will consist of 3 breakfasts (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and 2 lunches (Monday and Tuesday) and Wednesday pick-up will consist of 2 breakfasts (Thursday and Friday) and 3 lunches (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday). Food safety is a priority so each pick-up will include the Grab and Go Food Safety handout (link available on our website at https://www.iatk12.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1673711&type=d&pREC_ID=1286878). Parents will need to supply the staff with the names of their children to prevent duplication. Please follow all posted procedures (including necessary PPE and social distancing) to ensure the safety of other students, family members and staff. Currently, the approval and associated waivers are tentatively scheduled to expire at the end of the 2020-2021 school year on June 3, 2021; we will be monitoring the information for the USDA and CDE on an ongoing basis. 

Due to Safer at Home restrictions, applications for free or reduced-price meals are not available at the main office. You can print from home by clicking on the links below or send request for paper application to be mailed to your home with a self-addressed return envelope by emailing nutrition@iatk12.org. Completed applications can be mailed to the site (5975 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367) or dropped off on campus by use of drop-box (email nutrition@iatk12.org or call 818-657-9455 for specifics). If you would like to receive and complete the application virtually, email nutrition@iatk12.org with the request for lunch application and include the name(s) and grade level(s) of your student(s). Families need to submit only one application for multiple students. 

July 2020

Dear Parent/Guardian:

 

Ivy Academia School participates in the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program by offering healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals by completing attached 2020-2021 Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals. Reduced-price rates are $0.40 for lunch and $0.30 for breakfast. Students may buy lunch for $3.50 and breakfast for $2.15.

 

Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process.

 

WHO CAN RECEIVE FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS?

  • All children in households receiving benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, FDPIR are eligible for free meals. Medi-Cal recipients may be eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
  • Foster children under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Children may receive free or reduced-price meals if your household’s income is within the limits of 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 summarized in the chart below.

 

Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Meals or Free Milk

in Child Nutrition Programs

(Effective from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021)

 

 

Free and Reduced-Price Scales

 

 

Free

Eligibility Scale for

Lunch, Breakfast, and Milk

Reduced-Price

Eligibility Scale for

Lunch and Breakfast

Household size

Year

Month

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Week

Year

Month

Twice

Per

Month

Every Two Weeks

Week

1

$ 16,588

$ 1,383

$ 692

$ 638

$ 319

$ 23,606

$ 1,968

$ 984

$ 908

$ 454

2

$ 22,412

$ 1,868

$ 934

$ 862

$ 431

$ 31,894

$ 2,658

$ 1,329

$ 1,227

$ 614

3

$ 28,236

$ 2,353

$ 1,177

$ 1,086

$ 543

$ 40,182

$ 3,349

$ 1,675

$ 1,546

$ 773

4

$ 34,060

$ 2,839

$ 1,420

$ 1,310

$ 655

$ 48,470

$ 4,040

$ 2,020

$ 1,865

$ 933

5

$ 39,884

$ 3,324

$ 1,662

$ 1,534

$ 767

$ 56,758

$ 4,730

$ 2,365

$ 2,183

$ 1,092

6

$ 45,708

$ 3,809

$ 1,905

$ 1,758

$ 879

$ 65,046

$ 5,421

$ 2,711

$ 2,502

$ 1,251

7

$ 51,532

$ 4,295

$ 2,148

$ 1,982

$ 991

$ 73,334

$ 6,112

$ 3,056

$ 2,821

$ 1,411

8

$ 57,356

$ 4,780

$ 2,390

$ 2,206

$ 1,103

$ 81,622

$ 6,802

$ 3,401

$ 3,140

$ 1,570

For each additional family member, add:

 

$ 5,824

$ 486

$ 243

$ 224

$ 112

$ 8,288

$ 691

$ 346

$ 319

$ 160

 

DO I NEED TO COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?

No. Complete one Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals for all children in your household, not just the children attending Ivy Academia. Use Step 1 fields to list all the children in your family. We cannot approve an Application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed Application electronically during registration or to the school business office at 5975 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

 MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?

Yes, if you want to participate in the meal program. Your child’s application status is only good for one school year at a time and for the first thirty (30) days (September 24, 2020) of the following school year. You MUST submit a new Application by July 31, 2020 in order to be processed by the first day of school.

If you feel your income will not qualify for free or reduced meals, or if you choose not to share your income, you still MUST submit the form, just complete the Step 1 with student’s information, Step 4 with parent’s information and write “DNQ” (Do Not Qualify) across Step 3B.

 WILL THE INFORMATION I PROVIDE BE CHECKED?

Yes. School officials may randomly select some households for income verification. You will be asked to send additional information to prove your income. If information is not received, your student will be placed on full pay status.

 IF I DO NOT QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?

Yes, you can apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may be eligible for free and reduced-price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.

 WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL’S DECISION REGARDING MY APPLICATION?

You should talk to the school officials. You may also ask for a hearing by calling (818)716-0771 or writing to: Joe Herzog, Executive Director, Ivy Academia 5975 Shoup Ave., Woodland Hills, CA 91367.

 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, enter on the Application that you made $1,000 per month. If you normally receive overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only occasionally work overtime. If you have lost your job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

 WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?

All household members must be included on the Application even if the individual does not receive income. Whenever this happens, please write a “0” in the income field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, the income will be counted as zero. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

 MY FAMILY NEEDS ADDITIONAL FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE CAN APPLY FOR? Yes. For information on CalFresh and CalWORKs, contact your county welfare department by reviewing the CalFresh Web page at http://www.calfresh.ca.gov/PG839.htm or by phone at 877-847-3663.

Should you have other questions, or need help, please contact the school meal program department at 818-716-0771 ext. 1003.

 

Sincerely,

 Maria Gennaro

Director of Business and Operations

Meal Program Director

Pandemic EBT Extended
 

Information about Pandemic EBT, or P-EBT

P-EBT is a federal program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE), received approval to operate the program in response to COVID-19 related school closures. P-EBT provides food benefits to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals through the federal School Breakfast or National School Lunch Programs.

 

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and the California Department of Education (CDE) are excited to announce that Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) has been extended through the Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act. This law extends P-EBT benefits through September 2021.

To provide P-EBT benefits for School Year (SY) 2020–21, the CDE and CDSS must submit a new P-EBT plan for approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and are working collaboratively to develop and submit a plan for approval by the end January.

P-EBT: August–September 2020

P-EBT benefits for the first two months of SY 2020–21 (August and September) were sent to students who previously received P-EBT benefits in 2019–20 and were enrolled in a school participating in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs in 2020−21. Many students eligible for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals did not receive benefits because their enrollments had not yet been updated by local educational agencies (LEA) in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS) when the data was used to determine benefits. The CDE will identify any students that were missed in the first distribution and include those benefits in subsequent distributions.

The next round of 2020−21 P-EBT benefits (October and subsequent months) are anticipated to be distributed beginning in mid-March 2021 through mid-June 2021. Benefits will include any missed August and September 2020 benefits not received. Families that require assistance with existing   P-EBT cards can call the P-EBT Customer Service Center at 877-328-9677.

As an LEA, Ivy Academia does not distribute the P-EBT, but we do update students eligibility for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals in CALPADS based upon (1) an approved F/RP meal application or Alternative Household Income Form, (2) participation in a benefits program (CalFresh, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal) as identified through direct certification, or (3) a status of homeless, migrant, or foster. If you would like to find your student's eligibility, please email nutrition@iatk12.org. P-EBT cards will be mailed to the address that the school has on file; to update your student's address, please email registrar@iatk12.org

P-EBT 2.0 Benefits--- UPDATED 6-8-2021

Eligible children do not need to apply for P-EBT 2.0 to receive a P-EBT card.

P-EBT benefits for the first two months of SY 2020–21 (August and September 2020) were sent to most students who previously received P-EBT benefits for SY 2019–20. Students that already received P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020 will be issued a P-EBT 2.0 supplement for August and September 2020 due to an increase in the daily rate to $6.82 and, if eligible, will receive P-EBT benefits for the months of October 2020 to May 2021.

Students who have not yet received P-EBT benefits for the months of August and September 2020 (for example because they became newly eligible for free or reduced-price meals during SY 202021), will receive P-EBT benefits for the months of August 2020 to May 2021.

The amount of P-EBT benefits provided each month is commensurate with the learning model most commonly used by students enrolled at the school site, as reported by the Local Education Agency for each month of the school year. For students enrolled at a school that did not complete the school status survey, the amount of P-EBT benefits provided each month is commensurate with the learning model most commonly used by students enrolled at school sites that completed the survey in a given county. 

For months in which students are assumed to have attended school via distance learning, the benefit amount is $123. For months in which students are assumed to have attended school via a hybrid model, the benefit amount is $68. For months students were assumed to have attended school only in-person, no P-EBT benefits will be provided.

Timeline for P-EBT 2.0 Benefit Issuance

Distribution of P-EBT cards to school age children is anticipated to begin in September and continue through November. Cards mailed during this timeframe will have P-EBT benefits for the months of August 2020 through January 2021. It is anticipated that cards will be automatically reloaded with a second issuance of benefits in late November, with P-EBT benefits for the months of February 2021 through May 2021. 

Communications and Resources for Eligible Families

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will send communications about the upcoming availability of P-EBT benefits to eligible families prior to card distribution and the second issuance of P-EBT benefits. In addition, the CDSS will be launching a campaign to raise public awareness about P-EBT. Beginning June 22, 2021, resources for eligible families and partners will be available on a new P-EBT web page at https://ca.p-ebt.org/. An informational flyer is also available on the California Department of Education (CDE) Pandemic EBT 2.0 Address Update Flyer web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/pebt2addressupdateflyer.asp.

The CDSS has increased P-EBT Helpline capacity to assist eligible families with questions about P-EBT 2.0. The P-EBT Helpline can assist with PIN set-up, address changes, request for replacement cards, or general questions about eligibility and benefits. The contact information for the helpline is below.

In addition, the CDSS will hold a Client Education and Communications Campaign Kick Off webinar for education partners on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at 2 PM. You may join the webinar at the specified time without pre-registering—meeting details are included here:

Meeting link: https://cdss-fee.webex.com/cdss-fee/j.php?MTID=mc55b043428846bb9c5397fe9dfae2f4d  

Join by Phone: +1-415-655-0002

Meeting number: 187 108 0988

Password: U47mFgQaM@4 (84763472 from phones and video systems)

Contact Information

Families that require assistance with P-EBT cards can call the P-EBT Helpline at 877-328-9677.

For more information about P-EBT, you may visit the CDSS P-EBT web page at https://ca.p-ebt.org/, launching June 22, 2021.

For updated information about COVID-19 emergency feeding, please visit the CDE COVID-19 Guidance in the Child Nutrition Programs web page at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/cnpcovid19guidance.asp.

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