Free and Reduced Meals
Applications may be picked up in person at your student's school or at the Nutrition Services Office (1201 Millerdale Ave). Applications will be available at the Nutrition Services Office starting Monday, August 5th, 2020. For your convenience, the applications are also available from this website, in the top righthand corner.
We encourage all families who think they might qualify to apply. Even if you are unsure, we will be happy to process your application to determine if you can benefit from this program.
National School Lunch/Breakfast Program
School Year 2020/2021
Wenatchee School District plays a vital role in children’s health by providing free and reduced price meals to students in need. The following U.S. Department of Agriculture Programs are offered: National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. State school officials have adopted income criteria based on family size to determine eligibility for free and reduced price meals. These guidelines can be accessed from the link in the right column.
Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.
Application forms, with a letter to households, are being distributed to all homes. To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school. Only one application per household is needed. Additional copies are available at the office in each school. The information provided on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.
For school officials to determine eligibility, households must provide the following information listed on the application: the names of everyone in the household, the amount of income each household member currently receives, where it came from, and how often income is received; the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of that adult’s social security number. If the adult signing the application does not have a social security number, check the "I do not have a social security number" box. For a child who is a member of a Basic Food household or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance unit, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), the household need provide only the child’s name, the Basic Food, TANF, or FDPIR case number, and printed name and signature of an adult member on the application. An adult in the household with a case number may also qualify students also living in the household.
Public School Districts receive student data matched with the Department of Social and Health Services data and automatically qualify children receiving Basic Food and TANF assistance. No application is required. All children living in the household and attending the school are eligible for free meals. If a child was not listed on the eligibility notice, contact the school or district office.
Children certified as homeless by the school McKinney-Vento homeless liaison, designated as migrant by the school migrant coordinator as well as children in Head Start classrooms may be eligible for free meals. Contact the school or district office if more information is needed.
Households that do not want their child(ren) to participate in the free meal program should notify the child(ren)’s school.
Foster children, under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. An application may be submitted. The foster child may be included as a member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits for other children in the family. If you have questions about applying for foster children, contact the school or district office.
Children residing in households participating in Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may be eligible for free or reduced price meals and may complete a meal application.
Under the provisions of the free and reduced-price policy, the designated approving official(s) will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the approving official on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request, either orally or in writing, to the fair hearing official, Chris Lutgen 1201 Millerdale Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801, for a hearing on the decision.
The information provided by households is confidential.
Meal benefits from the previous school year apply for the first 30 school days of the new school year or until a new application is submitted. After this time, children must pay full price for meals.
You may apply for meal benefits if you become unemployed or your economic situation changes at any time during the school year.
Contact the school or district office if assistance is needed with application materials in different languages.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by the USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
fax: (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)
The following seven schools qualified for a federally-funded program that allows all students in those schools to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost. Students at Columbia, Lewis & Clark, Lincoln, Mission View, Orchard, Pioneer, and WestSide High School, do not need to submit a Free & Reduced Meal Application to receive benefits. Every student at all seven of these locations will be provided with a nutritious breakfast and lunch featuring scratch-made and local ingredients.
In order to support this program and others who rely on income information, we are requesting all families in these schools complete a short Education Benefit Survey. This information will help to ensure that other government-funded programs at the schools are properly supported. The information will also help us reach our goal of qualifying the entire District for CEP by the start of the 2021/2022 school year.
Education Benefits Surveys can be picked up at the offices of the seven qualifying schools or the Nutrition Services Office. You may also download and complete a copy here. All surveys can be submitted to the school office or directly to the Nutrition Services Office.
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