Female Pupil With Healthy Lunch

"Your children may qualify for free meal benefits if the household receives benefits and/or if your child meets a categorical requirement"

Avondale Elementary School District No. 44 has announced its policy for providing free and reduced-price meals for children served under the National School Lunch, USDA School Foods and School Breakfast programs.

Breakfast is $1 and lunch is $2.25 for sites within the Avondale School District. Pricing for meals at other sites served by the district may vary. Children who qualify for reduced-price meals can pay 30 cents for breakfast and 40 cents for lunch.

To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households may fill out a meal benefit application and return it to the school. Application forms are available to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free and reduced-price meals for their children and what is required to be completed on the application. Applications are available in the front office of each school site, in the school cafeteria and on the district web page under Food and Nutrition. Applications may also be completed electronically at family.titank12.com.

The information households provide on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. An application for free or reduced-price meal benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions.

The household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits. Children from households whose income is at or below the guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  

Your children may qualify for free meal benefits if the household receives benefits and/or if your child meets a categorical requirement: 

• The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

• The Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF); or

• The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

• Homeless, migrant or runaway as defined by law; or 

• Enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class as defined in by law

• Foster children that are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside

 For any child not listed on the eligibility notice, the households should contact the school about any child also eligible under one of these programs or should submit an income application for other children. 

If households/children receiving benefits under Assistance Programs or other source programs are not notified by the school of their free meal benefits, the parent/guardian should contact their school. 

Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the application specialist for the Food Service Department will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either orally or in writing to:

Linda Sharrett, Director of Food and Nutrition, 295 W. Western Avenue, Avondale, AZ  85323, 623-772-5025.

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.