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September 12, 2013

GaDOE and USDA announce 2013-2014 guidelines for free, reduced-price meals

ATLANTA — The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced the Eligibility Standards for Free and Reduced-Price Meals FY 2013-2014 served under the school breakfast and lunch programs administered by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE).

Georgia public school students who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits are eligible for free meals. If those households have been notified that their children are directly certified for free meals, they do not need to apply for free or reduced-price meals. If households do not wish their children to receive free meals, they should notify the school immediately.

In addition, students that attend Georgia public schools and certain eligible private schools who are unable to pay the full price for their meals are encouraged to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Students from households with incomes at or below the levels shown on the accompanying chart meals are available for free or reduced-price.

Any foster child whose care and placement is the responsibility of the State or who is placed by a court with a caretaker household is eligible for free meals. This does not apply to informal arrangements that may exist outside of State or court-based systems.

In order for school officials to determine eligibility, households receiving SNAP or TANF are required only to list the child’s name and a household member’s SNAP or TANF case number and provide a signature of the adult household member. Households not receiving SNAP or TANF must list the names of all household members, the amount, frequency, and source of current income by each household member. If a household member does not have any income the no income box must be checked. The last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult household member who signs the application are also required. If the person signing the application does not have a Social Security Number, he or she must indicate that they do not have one by checking the box.

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