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Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Public Announcement:

Ivy Academia will be offering free meals for all school days during the 2021-2022 school year under the Seamless Summer Option meal program. 

 

"Schools operating SSO must provide public notification regarding the availability of school meals and the eligibility criteria at or near the beginning of the school year, as provided in 7 CFR 245.5. For SY 2021-2022, schools participating in SSO should notify households that all meals will be offered free through SSO."

 

pplications 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
 

On July 22, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the California Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) state plan for summer 2021, known as Summer P-EBT. The state plan provides Summer P-EBT to school age and childcare age children. For Summer P-EBT, many students that received School Year (SY) 2020–21 P-EBT (known as P-EBT 2.0) will receive Summer P-EBT. In addition, children determined newly eligible for free or reduced-price (F/RP) meals during the summer may also receive Summer P-EBT.

Students Previously Issued P-EBT 2.0 Benefits

Students approved for P-EBT 2.0 benefits for SY 2020‒21, and who were still enrolled in May 2021, are eligible for Summer P-EBT. Children who exited school or graduated early, transferred to a school not participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) or National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or who transferred out of state, will not be issued Summer P-EBT benefits. School age students that were determined eligible for P-EBT 2.0 benefits and enrolled in an SBP/NSLP participating school site as of May 2021, do not need to apply for Summer P-EBT benefits.

Newly Eligible Students

Students enrolled as of May 2021, but who did not previously receive P-EBT 2.0 benefits and are determined newly eligible for F/RP meals from June 1, 2021, through August 15, 2021, may also receive Summer P-EBT benefits. School age students that may be newly eligible for Summer P-EBT may submit an F/RP meal application or alternative income information form to their school to be determined eligible for Summer P-EBT.

Summer P-EBT Childcare Age Eligibility

Young children (under six years old) who are getting CalFresh food benefits during the summer may also be eligible for Summer P-EBT benefits. This includes:

  • Young children issued P-EBT benefits in May 2021, and continue to get CalFresh food benefits at any point during the months of June, July, or August 2021.
  • Young children who get CalFresh food benefits for the first time at any point during the months of June, July, or August 2021.

Young children do not need to apply for Summer P-EBT. Eligibility is based on getting CalFresh food benefits between June and August 2021. As a result, LEAs do not need to provide opportunities for young children to apply for P-EBT or F/RP school meals.

If you would like to apply for F/RP school meals, please email nutrition@iatk12.org to either arrange a time to complete/drop off a paper application or complete an electronic application. 

Summer P-EBT Benefits and Timeline for Benefits

Each eligible child (childcare and school age) will receive Summer P-EBT benefits totaling $375 in a single issuance. Summer P-EBT benefits will be issued onto existing P-EBT 2.0 cards, or if a child becomes newly eligible during the summer period, onto a new P-EBT 2.0 card that will be mailed to the eligible child during the month of December 2021.

Resources for Families and Schools

Families that require assistance with P-EBT can call the P-EBT Helpline at 877-328-9677 (M-F, 8am to 6pm). The P-EBT Helpline can assist with PIN set-up, address changes, request for replacement cards, or general questions about eligibility and benefits.

For more information about P-EBT, eligible families may visit the P-EBT web page at https://ca.p-ebt.org/. Schools can also find P-EBT materials for partners, including fact sheets, frequently asked questions, and more.

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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