Public Release

Education Alternatives today announced its 2023-2024 program year policy for students unable to pay the full price  of meals or milk served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast, After School Care Snack or Special  Milk Programs. Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any  interested party

The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines will be used to determine eligibility. Children from families whose annual  income is at or below the federal guidelines are eligible for free and reduced-price meals or free milk if the school  participates in the Special Milk Program. 

Application forms are distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians. To apply for free and reduced-price  benefits, households should complete an application and return it to the school. Additional copies are available at the  principal’s office in each school. A complete application is required. Households which currently receive Special  Nutrition Assistance Program Benefits (SNAP, formally known as food stamps) or Ohio Works First (OWF) funds  for a child must provide the child’s name, the SNAP or OWF case number and signature of an adult household  member on the application. Households that do not receive SNAP or OWF funds must provide the names of all  household members, the last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult signing the application or state  “none” if the adult does not have a Social Security Number, the amount and source of income received by each  household member (state the monthly income) and the signature of an adult household member. If any of this  information is missing, the school cannot process the application. 

FREE HEALTH CARE: Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for free health care  coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs. These programs include  coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and  more. Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application. Information can also be found  on the web at Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already  receiving these services. 

The information provided on the application is confidential and will only be used for the purpose to determine  eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program official. To discourage  the possibility of misrepresentation, the application forms contain a statement above the space for signature  certifying that all information furnished is true and correct. Applications are being made in connection with the  receipt of federal funds. Schools or other officials may check the information on the application at any time during  the school year. Deliberate misrepresentation of information may subject the applicant to prosecution under  applicable state and federal laws. 

Households will be notified of the approval or denial of benefits.  

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income. If a family has  foster children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals or milk for them, contact the school for more  information.

Under the provision of the policy, Emily Ellis, The Director of Nutrition Services will review applications and  determine eligibility. If a parent or guardian disagrees with the decision on the application or the result of  verification, the decision may be discussed with the determining official on an informal basis. If a formal appeal is  desired, the household has the right to a fair hearing. A fair hearing can be requested either orally or in writing from: 

Emily Ellis 

5445 Smith Road 

Brook Park, OH 44142 

The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure. 

Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year. If a household is not currently eligible and if the  household size increases or income decreases because of unemployment or other reasons, the family should contact  the school to file a new application. Such changes may make the children of the family eligible for free or reduced price benefits if the family income falls at or below the levels shown above. 

Nondiscrimination Statement 

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and  policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including  gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. 

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require  alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American  Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s  TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)  877-8339. 

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program  Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office,  by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s  name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to  inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.  The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by: 

1. mail: 
U.S. Department of Agriculture 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
1400 Independence Avenue, SW 
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or 

2. fax: 
(833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or 

3. email:  

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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