Gresham school announces free/reduced meal guidelines

Gresham Community School announced its policy recently for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program or milk for split-session students served under the Special Milk Program.

Each school office and the central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school, unless notified at the start of the school year that children are eligible through direct certification. Additional copies are available at the office in each school.

The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by agency or other program officials. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.

For the school officials to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meals or free milk of households not receiving FoodShare, FDPIR or W-2 cash benefits, the household must provide the following information requested on the application: names of all household members, total number of household members, and the adult signing the application form must also list the last four digits of his or her Social Security Number or mark the box to the right of “Check if no SSN.” Also, the income received by each household member must be provided by amount and source (wages, welfare, child support, etc.).

Nick Curran, director of finance and operations, will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official can make a formal appeal, either orally or in writing to: Alphia Creapeau, school board president, 501 Schabow St., Gresham, WI 54128.