CNP Reduced & Free Lunch Information
Equal Opportunity Public
(Posted November 19, 2015)
Children need healthy meals to learn. Florence City
Schools offers healthy meals every school day.
Breakfast costs $1.00; lunch costs $2.00. Your
children may qualify for free meals or for reduced
price meals. Reduced price is $.30 for breakfast and
$.40 for lunch.
MEAL PRICING FOR 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR:
Reduced - $0.30
Paid - $1.00
Employees - $1.25
Visitors - $1.75
1. WHO CAN GET FREE OR
REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
All children in households
receiving benefits from Alabama SNAP, the Food
Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
or Alabama TANF, are eligible for free meals.
Foster children that are
under the legal responsibility of a foster care
agency or court are eligible for free meals.
Children participating in
their school’s Head Start program are eligible
for free meals.
Children who meet the
definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are
eligible for free meals.
Children may receive free
or reduced price meals if your household’s
income is within the limits on the Federal
Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may
qualify for free or reduced price meals if your
household income falls at or below the limits on
2. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN
QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?
Do the members of your
household lack a permanent address? Are you staying
together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary
housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a
seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who
have chosen to leave their prior family or
household? If you believe children in your household
meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your
children will get free meals, please call or e-mail
Florence City’s homeless liaison or migrant
coordinator, Mary Lou Dobbins 256-768-3044.
3. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH
No. Use one Free and Reduced
Price School Meals Application for all students in
your household. We cannot approve an application
that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all
required information. Return the completed
application to your child’s school.
4. SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A
LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE
ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
No, but please read the letter
you got carefully and follow the instructions. If
any children in your household were missing from
your eligibility notification, contact Jamie Austin,
CNP Coordinator, 256-768-3061, immediately.
5. CAN I APPLY ONLINE?
Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online
application instead of a paper application if you
are able. The online application has the same
requirements and will ask you for the same
information as the paper application. Visit
florencek12.org to begin or to learn more about the
online application process. Contact Jamie Austin,
CNP Coordinator, 256-768-3061, or Katie Dow, CNP
Bookkeeper, 256-768-3060 if you have any questions
about the online application.
6. MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO
I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?
YES! Your child’s application
is only good for that school year and for the first
few days of this school year, through 9/22/2016. You
must send in a new application unless the school
told you that your child is eligible for the new
school year. If you do not send in a new application
that is approved by the school or you have not been
notified that your child is eligible for free meals,
your child will be charged the full price for meals.
7. I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
Children in households
participating in WIC may be eligible for free or
reduced price meals. Please send in an application.
8. WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
Yes. We may also ask you to
send written proof of the household income you
9. IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
Yes, you may apply at any time
during the school year. For example, children with a
parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become
eligible for free and reduced price meals if the
household income drops below the income limit.
10. WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL’S DECISION
ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
You should talk to school
officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling
or writing to: Dr. Janet Womack, 102 South Court
Street, 6th Floor, Florence, AL 35630, 256-768-3000.
11. MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A
Yes. You, your children, or
other household members do not have to be U.S.
citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
12. WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
List the amount that you
normally receive. For example, if you normally make
$1000 each month, but you missed some work last
month and only made $900, put down that you made
$1000 per month. If you normally get overtime,
include it, but do not include it if you only work
overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had
your hours or wages reduced, use your current
13. WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO
Household members may not
receive some types of income we ask you to report on
the application, or may not receive income at all.
Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the
field. However, if any income fields are left empty
or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes.
Please be careful when leaving income fields blank,
as we will assume you meant to do so.
14. WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME
Your basic pay and cash bonuses
must be reported as income. If you get any cash
value allowances for off-base housing, food, or
clothing, it must also be included as income.
However, if your housing is part of the Military
Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include
your housing allowance as income. Any additional
combat pay resulting from deployment is also
excluded from income.
15. WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE
APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?
List any additional household
members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it
to your application. Contact your child’s school to
receive a second application.
16. MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER
PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
To find out how to apply for
Alabama SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact
your local assistance office or call 1-866-348-6479.