Green Dot Public Schools announces its participation in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. Meals are served to students every school day. A copy of the policy is available at Green Dot Public School’s home office, and may be reviewed by any interested party.
How to qualify for free/reduced price meals: The household size and income criteria identified by the federal government will be used to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price, or full-price meal benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the levels shown here are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
How to apply for free/reduced price meals: Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing them of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for enrolled children. Applications are also available at the main office in each school. To apply for free or reduced-price meal benefits, households must complete an application and return it to the school for processing. Families may also apply for meal benefits online at www.lunchapplication.com (California must be selected as the state and Green Dot Public Schools as the district). Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used to determine meal eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or program officials.
Benefits Recipients: Children who receive Food Stamp (FS), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (Kin-GAP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits are automatically eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household in which they reside. Eligibility for a foster child is based on a separate application and solely on the amount of the child’s “personal use” income.
Children whose households are currently certified to receive Food Stamps, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR benefits may not have to complete an Application for Free or Reduced-Price Meals. Green Dot will determine eligibility for free meals based on a data match with information from the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADs) that a child is a member of a household currently receiving Food Stamp or FDPIR benefits or an assistance unit receiving CalWORKs or Kin-GAP benefits. Green Dot will notify households of their eligibility, but those who do not want their child(ren) to receive free meals must contact the school. Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, and FDPIR households should complete an application if they are not notified of their eligibility.
Requirements for school officials to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits are as follows: For households receiving Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR benefits – applications need only include the enrolled child(ren)’s name, Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number, and the signature of an adult household member. For households who do not list a Food Stamp, CalWORKs, Kin-GAP, or FDPIR case number, the application must include the names of all household members, the amount and source of the income received by each household member, and the signature and corresponding Social Security number of an adult household member. If the household member who signs the application does not have a Social Security number, the household member must indicate on the application that a Social Security number is not available.
Determination Process: Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price meal policy, the determining official(s), as designated by Green Dot Public Schools, shall review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the eligibility ruling may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.
Fair hearing: Parents may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing by calling (323) 565-3218 or in writing to:
Green Dot Public Schools
Attn: Gloria Leung, Operations Manager
1149 South Hill Street, Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90015
If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the levels shown above.
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