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Changes in Free Breakfast

Free Breakfast can no longer be offered to all students (K-12) at Cassia Schools. The breakfast and lunch programs are provided through federal programs and the ability to offer free meals is based on socioeconomic factors of the community. Improved economic conditions have changed our calculation in the federal programs and eliminated our eligibility. 
We will continue to offer healthy meals to students during the day, but will return to the former system of collecting applications for free and reduced meals. We are encouraging families to complete the paperwork.
Changes impact all free breakfasts and lunch at Cassia High School. 
Please visit with your school for more information.

Informational Letters and Free and Reduced Form:

Letter Explaining Changes (English)

Letter Explaining Changes (Spanish)

2019-2020 Free and Reduced Form

 

(BOISE) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture has set new income guidelines for the free and reduced price meals provided to students in schools operating the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs, and for free milk in schools operating the Special Milk Program.

Free and reduced price meals are available for eligible students throughout the state and are announced each year by Idaho State Department of Education Child Nutrition Programs. Qualifying Idaho schools may offer the Special Milk Program. Eligibility is determined by household size and income Qualifying students receive meals or milk without charge or may pay a reduced price of no more than 40 cents for lunch and 30 cents for breakfast.

Children from households with incomes at or below the following levels are eligible for free or reduced price meals or the Special Milk Program if meals are not offered:

 

Reduced Price Meals

Participants may qualify for reduced price meals if the household income falls at or below the limits on this chart

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

23,107

1,926

963

889

445

2

31,284

2,607

1,304

1,204

602

3

39,461

3,289

1,645

1,518

759

4

47,638

3,970

1,985

1,833

917

5

55,815

4,652

2,326

2,147

1,074

6

63,992

5,333

2,667

2,462

1,231

7

72,169

6,015

3,008

2,776

1,388

8

80,346

6,696

3,348

3,091

1,546

For each additional family member add

8,177

682

341

315

158

 

 

Free Meals

Participants may qualify for free meals if the household income falls at or below the limits on this chart

Household Size

Annual

Monthly

Twice Per Month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

16,237

1,354

677

625

313

2

21,983

1,832

916

846

423

3

27,729

2,311

1,156

1,067

534

4

33,475

2,790

1,395

1,288

644

5

39,221

3,269

1,635

1,509

755

6

44,967

3,748

1,874

1,730

865

7

50,713

4,227

2,114

1,951

976

8

56,459

4,705

2,353

2,172

1,086

For each additional family member add

5,746

479

240

221

111

 

Children in households receiving Food Stamps or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Families in Idaho (TAFI) or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are eligible for free meals. Additionally, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) participants may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. In August, households receiving SNAP or TAFI benefits will be directly certified to receive free meal or milk benefits by a letter from their school advising them of their eligibility for free meal or milk benefits. No other application or verification of eligibility is required for students directly certified.

The household will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is known to be receiving educational support through migrant, homeless or runaway education, Head Start or in court ordered foster care.

Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the school if they choose to decline the free meal benefits.

The household will be notified by the district if the school is operating a Special Provision Option (Provision 2 or CEP) that provides free breakfasts and/or lunches to all students.

Households not receiving notification of eligibility for free meals may complete a confidential application for free or reduced price meals or free milk.  An official at the school will review the confidential application and determine eligibility. Children in eligible households may receive meal benefits regardless of immigration status.

Applications may be submitted any time during the year. Children of parents or guardians who become unemployed are eligible for free or reduced price meals or for free milk during the period of unemployment, provided that the loss of income causes household income to be within the eligibility criteria. Information provided on an application may be verified at any time during the school year.