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Policy for Providing Free or Reduced Price Meals

Virginia Beach City Public Schools provides qualified students with free or reduced price meals under the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. Each school and the Office of Food Services has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Who Qualifies?

The household size and income criteria identified below will be used to determine eligibility for free or reduced price meal benefits. Please take note of the following:

  • Children from households whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, shown in the chart below, may be eligible for either free or reduced price meals.
  • Children who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may be automatically eligible for free meals.
  • Children who are homeless, migrant, or runaway may also be automatically eligible for free meals. Contact the homeless liaison at 757.263.2300 for more information.
  • Foster children, who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court, are eligible for free meals regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside.
  • Children who are members of households participating in WIC may also be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on the household's income.
  • Income Eligibility Guidelines

Application Process

  • Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free or reduced price meals for their children.
  • Applications are also available at the principal's office in each school and at the Office of Food Services. To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must only fill out one application per household and return it to the school division.
  • Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year especially if household income or other changes occur, but parents are encouraged to complete applications before the school year begins.
  • If a household is not eligible now but has a change, such as a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, becomes unemployed or qualifies for SNAP or TANF, the household should contact the school for an application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household's income falls at or below the levels shown in the income chart.

Households that Receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits

  • Households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) may not have to complete an application for free or reduced price student meals.
  • For school officials to determine eligibility for free or reduced price benefits, households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) only have to list their child(ren)'s name and SNAP or TANF case number and an adult household member must sign the application.
  • School officials will determine eligibility for free meals based on documentation, obtained directly from the Virginia Department of Social Services, that a child is a member of a household currently receiving SNAP or TANF.
  • School officials will notify these households in writing of their eligibility. Households who are notified of their eligibility, but who do not want their children to receive free meals, must contact the school.
  • SNAP and TANF households must complete an application if they are not notified in writing of their automatic eligibility within the first 10 days of the new school year.
  • Households who do not list a SNAP or TANF case number, including WIC households, must list the names of all household members, the amount and frequency of the income received by each household member, and the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. If the household member does not have a social security number, the household member must indicate that a social security number is not available. The application must be signed by an adult household member in order to be approved.

Approval Process

  • The information households provide on the application will be used for determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.
  • Under the provisions of the free and reduced price meal policy, Angelina Culotta, food services program analyst in the Office of Food Services, will review applications and determine eligibility.
  • An application for free or reduced price meals cannot be approved unless it is complete. Households dissatisfied with the ruling of the eligibility determining official may wish to discuss the decision with the official on an informal basis. Households wishing to make a formal appeal for a hearing on the decision may make a request either verbally or in writing to the Director of Food Services:

    Virginia Beach City Public Schools
    School Administration Annex, Building 16
    P.O. Box 6038
    Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
    Telephone: 757.263.1101 Fax: 757.263.1527
  • For further information, call Virginia Beach City Public Schools’ Office of Food Services at 757.263.1101.
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Last Modified on Tuesday, November 05, 2013