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WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?
SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?
WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?
MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL'S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?
HOW SECURE IS MY ONLINE APPLICATION TRANSACTION?


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Q: WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
A: All children in households receiving benefits from SNAP or 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.
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Q: DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?
A: 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: School Café Manager or Kellie Thompson, 65 Gilreath Rd. Cartersville, GA 30121
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Q: SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
A: 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 Kellie Thompson, SN Specialist 770-606-5800 ext. 3805 or email kellie.thompson@bartow.k12.ga.us immediately.
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Q: I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
A: Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.
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Q: WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
A: Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
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Q: IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
A: 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.
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Q: MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
A: Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
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Q: WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
A: List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 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.
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Q: WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?
A: 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.
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Q: WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?
A: 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.
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Q: MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
A: To find out how to apply for SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-877-423-4746.
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General

Q: WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL'S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
A: You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Macy Defnall, Chief HR and Operations Officer, 65 Gilreath Rd. Cartersville, GA 30121, 770-606-5800 ext. 2028, or email macy.defnall@bartow.k12.ga.us
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Q: MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?
A: Yes. Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through September 12, 2017. 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.
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Security

Q: HOW SECURE IS MY ONLINE APPLICATION TRANSACTION?
A: Highest... 128 bit encryption
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Privacy Act Statement: This explains how we will use the information you give us. The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules. Non-discrimination Statement: This explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. “In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer. | Frequently Asked Questions
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