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CHILD NUTRITION

Prepare for the School Year and Help Pryor Secure Needed Funding: Please Complete an Application for Free/Reduced Meals

According to the USDA, breakfast and lunch will NOT be free to all students for the 2022-23 school year, so completing the free and reduced meal application is incredibly important. Students may qualify for free and reduced rates for breakfast and lunch based on household size and income. 
Each application helps the district with state aid funding, which ties directly into every district program and department. Many special services are made possible as a result of the district’s free and reduced percentage. We strongly encourage parents/guardians to have applications completed by September 21 to ensure they are approved by October 1. 
 
Please take a moment to fill out an application. The application is available by paper in the Administration office and your child’s school office, or an online form can be found on our school website. If you have any questions about the application process, feel free to contact the district at 918-825-1255.
 
Thank you, 
Amy Floch
Director of Child Nutrition

Nutrition Nuggets

Good nutrition is essential in keeping current and future generations healthy across the lifespan. People with healthy eating patterns live longer and are at a lower risk for serious health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.

Making healthy food the quickest, easiest choice will increase the chances that your kids will make that choice!

Did you know?

  • A can of soda contains 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar.
  • Fruit is better than juice!! A raw unpeeled apple has almost 10 times more fiber than a cup of apple juice.

Drink More Water!

A 4-8 year old needs 5 cups of water per day.
A 9-13 year old needs 7-8 cups per day.

Fruits and Veggies

Fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables.

Tips for Teaching Kids about Nutrition

Model good eathing habits
Limit sweets
Talk about portion sizes
Avoid calling foods “good” or “bad.”
Show kids what “eating right” looks like.
Let them be involved in choosing nutritious options.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT FREE AND REDUCED-PRICE SCHOOL MEALS

Dear Parent/Guardian: 

Children need healthy meals to learn. Pryor Public School District offers healthy meals every school day. Breakfast costs $1.00; lunch costs $1.20; for Elementary, $1.45 for JH/HS. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced-price meals. Reduced-price is $.30 for breakfast and $.40 for lunch. This packet includes an application for free or reduced-price meal benefits and a set of detailed instructions. Below are some common questions and answers to help you with the application process. 

1. WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED-PRICE MEALS?

  • All children in households receiving benefits from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDP1R). or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) are eligible for free meals. 
  • Foster children who are under the legal responsibility ofa 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 this chart.

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART for school year: 2023

Household Size 1

Yearly 25,142

Monthly 2,096

Twice per month 1,048

Every Two Weeks 967

Weekly 484

Household size 2

yearly 33, 874

monthly 2,823

Twice per month 1,412

Every Two Weeks 1,303

Weekly 652

Household size 3

yearly 42,606

monthly 3,551

Twice per month 1,776

Every Two Weeks 1,639

Weekly 820

Household size 4

yearly 51,338

monthly 4,279

Twice per month 2,140

Every Two Weeks 1,975

Weekly 988

Household size 5

yearly 60,070

monthly 5,006

Twice per month 2,503

Every Two Weeks 2,311

Weekly 1,156

Household size 6

yearly 68,802

monthly 5,734

Twice per month 2,867

Every Two Weeks 2,647

Weekly 1,324

Household size 7

yearly 77,534

monthly 6,462

Twice per month 3,231

Every Two Weeks 2,983

Weekly 1,492

Household size 8

yearly 86,266

monthly 7,189

Twice per month 3,595

Every Two Weeks 3,318

Weekly 1,659

Each additional person add

yearly 8,732

monthly 728

Twice per month 364

Every Two Weeks 336

Weekly 168

FEDERAL ELIGIBILITY INCOME CHART for school year: 2023

Household Size

Yearly

Monthly

Twice per month

Every Two Weeks

Weekly

1

25,142

2,096

1,048

967

484

2

33, 874

2,823

1,412

1,303

652

3

42,606

3,551

1,776

1,639

820

4

51,338

4,279

2,140

1,975

988

5

60,070

5,006

2,503

2,311

1,156

6

68,802

5,734

2,867

2,647

1,324

7

77,534

6,462

3,231

2,983

1,492

8

86,266

7,189

3,595

3,318

1,659

Each additional person

8,732

728

364

336

168

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 have not been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Paula Cantrell, cantrellpt@pryorschools.org, 918-825-1255.

3. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?

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: Child Nutrition Department, PO Box 548, Pryor, OK 74362 or call 918-825-3996.

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 Amy Floch, flocha@pryorschools.org, PO Box 548, Pryor, OK 74362 or 918-825-
3996 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 Myschoolapps.com to begin or to learn more about the online application process. Contact Amy Floch, PO Box 548, Pryor, OK 74362 or 918-825-3996 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 schools year, through September 22, 2022. 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 report.

9. IF I DO NOT 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 SCHOOLS'S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?

You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by call or writing to:
John Potter, Assistant Superintendent, PO Box 548, Pryor, OK 74362, or potterj@pryorschools.org. 918-825-1255.

11. MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A UNITED STATES (U.S.) CITIZEN?

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 made only $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it; do not include it if you work overtime
only sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

13. WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?

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 DIFFERENTLY?

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 IS NOT 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 Amy Floch, PO Box 548, Pryor, OK 74362, flocha@pryorschools.org, 918-825-3996 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 SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1 -866-411 -1877.

If you have other questions or need help, call 918-825-1255.

Sincerely, 

Amy Floch

Director of Child Nutrition

HOW TO APPLY FOR FREE AND REDUCED PRICE SCHOOL MEALS

Please use these instructions to help you fill out the application for free or reduced price school meals. You only need to submit one application per household, even if your children attend more than one school in [School District]. The application must be filled out completely to certify your children for free or reduced price school meals. Please follow these instructions in order! Each step of the instructions is the same as the steps on your application. If at any time you are not sure what to do next, please contact [School/school district contact here; phone and email preferred],

PLEASE USE A PEN (NOT A PENCIL) WHEN FILLING OUT THE APPLICATION AND SO YOUR BEST TO PRINT CLEARLY.

STEP 1: LIST ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS WHO ARE INFANTS, CHILDREN, AND STUDENTS UP TO AND INCLUDING GRADE 12

Tell us how many infants, children, and school students live in your household. They do NOT have to be related to you to be a part of your household. Who should I list here? When filling out this section, please include ALL members in your household who are:
  • Children age 18 or under AND are supported with the household’s income:
  • In your care under a foster arrangement, or qualify as homeless, migrant, or runaway youth;
  • Students attending Pryor Public School, regardless of age.

A) List each child’s name. Print each
child’s name. Use one line of the
application for each child. When printing
names, write one letter in each box. Stop if
you run out of space. If there are more
children present than lines on the
application, attach a second piece of paper
with all required information for the
additional children.

B) Is the child a student at Pryor Public School? Mark ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ under the column titled “Student” to tell us which
children attend Pryor Public School. If you marked ‘Yes,’ write the grade level of the student in the ‘Grade’ column to
the right.

C) Do you have any foster children? If any children listed are foster children, mark the
“Foster Child” box next to the child’s name. If you are ONLY applying for foster children, after
finishing STEP 1, go to STEP 4.
Foster children who live with you may count as
members of your household and should be listed on your application. If you are applying for both foster and non-foster children, go to step 3.

D) Are any children homeless,
migrant, or runaway? If you believe any child listed in this section meets this description, mark the “Homeless,
Migrant, Runaway” box next to the child’s name and complete all steps
of the application.

STEP 2: DO ANY HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS CURRENTLY PARTICIPATE IN SNAP, TANF, OR FDPIR?

If anyone in your household (including you) currently participates in one or more of the assistance programs listed below, your children are eligible for free school meals:

  • The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
  • The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

A) If no one in your household participates in any of the above listed programs:
• Leave STEP 2 blank and go to STEP 3.

B) If anyone in your household participates in any of the above listed programs:
• Write a case number for SNAP, TANF, or FDPIR. You only need to provide one case number. If you participate
in one of these programs and do not know your case number, contact your caseworker.
• Go to STEP 4.

STEP 3: REPORT INCOME FOR ALL HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS

How do I report my income?

  • Use the charts titled “Sources of Income for Adults” and “Sources of Income for Children,” printed on the back side of the application form to determine if your household has income to report.
  • Report all amounts in GROSS INCOME ONLY. Report all income in whole dollars. Do not include cents.Gross income is the total income received before taxes. Many people think of income as the amount they “take home” and not the           total, “gross” amount. Make sure that the income you report on this          application has NOT been
  • reduced to pay for taxes, insurance premiums, or any other amounts taken from your pay.
  • Write a “0” in any fields where there is no income to report. Any income fields left empty or blank will also be counted as a zero. If you write ‘0’ or leave any fields blank, you are certifying (promising) that there is no income to report. If local officials suspect that your household income was reported incorrectly, your application will be investigated.
  • Mark how often each type of income is received using the check boxes to the right of each field.

STEP 3.A. REPORT INCOME EARNED BY CHILDREN

A) Report all income earned or received by children. Report the combined gross income for ALL children listed in STEP 1 in your household in the box marked “Child Income.” Only count foster children’s income if you are applying for them together with the rest of your household.
What is Child Income? Child income is money received from outside your household that is paid DIRECTLY to your children. Many households do not have any child income.

STEP 3.B. REPORT INCOME EARNED BY ADULTS

Who should I list here?

  • When filling out this section, please include ALL adult members in your household who are living with you and share income and expenses, even if they are not related and even if they do not receive income of their own.
  • Do NOT include: People who live with you but are not supported by your household’s income AND do not contribute income to your household.
    Infants, Children and students already listed in STEP 1.

B) List adult household members’
names. Print the name of each household member in the boxes marked “Names of Adult Household Members (First and
Last).” Do not list any household
members you listed in STEP 1. If a child listed in STEP 1 has income, follow the instructions in STEP 3, part A.

C) Report earnings from work. Report all income from work in the
“Earnings from Work” field on the application. This is usually the
money received from working at jobs. If you are a self-employed
business or farm owner, you will report your net income.

What if I am self-employed? Report income from that work as a net amount. This is calculated by subtracting the total operating
expenses of your business from its gross receipts or revenue.

D) Report income from public assistance/child support/alimony.
Report all income that applies in the “Public Assistance/Child
Support/Alimony” field on the application. Do not report the cash
value of any public assistance benefits NOT listed on the chart. If
income is received from child support or alimony, only report
court-ordered payments. Informal but regular payments should
be reported as “other” income in the next part.

E) Report income from
pensions/retirement/all other income. Report all income that applies in the “Pensions/Retirement/All Other Income” field on the application.

F) Report total household size. Enter the total number of household members in the field “Total Household Members (Children and Adults).” This number MUST be equal to the number of household members listed in STEP 1 and STEP 3. If there are any members of
your household that you have not listed on the application, go back
and add them. It is very important to list all household members, as
the size of your household affects your eligibility for free and
reduced price meals.

G) Provide the last four digits of your Social Security Number. An
adult household member must enter the last four digits of their
Social Security Number in the space provided. You are eligible to
apply for benefits even if you do not have a Social Security
Number. If no adult household members have a Social Security
Number, leave this space blank and mark the box to the right
labeled “Check if no SSN.”

STEP 4: CONTACT INFORMATION AND ADULT SIGNATURE

All applications must be signed by an adult member of the household. By signing the application, that household member is promising that all information has been truthfully and completely reported. Before completing this section, please also make sure you have read the privacy and civil rights statements on the back ofthe application.

A) Provide your contact information. Write your current address in the fields provided if this information is available.
If you have no permanent address, this does not make your children ineligible for free or reduced price school meals. Sharing a phone number, email address, or both is optional,
but helps us reach you quickly if we need to contact you.

B) Print and sign your name and write today’s date. Print the name
of the adult signing the application and that person signs in the box
“Signature of adult.”

C) Mail Completed
Form to: PO Box 548,
Pryor, OK 74362

D) Share children’s racial and ethnic identities
(optional). On the back of the application, we ask you to share information about your children’s race and ethnicity. This field is optional and does not affect your children’s eligibility for free or reduced price school
meals.

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not. we cannot approve your child for free or reduced-price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced-price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violation of program rules.
In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department ofAgriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age. or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape. American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (Voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027. USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files.documents/USDA-OASCR0o20P-Complaint-Form-05()8-00()2-5Q8-1 l-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf. from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992. or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistance Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted
to USDA by:

  1. Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue. SW Washington. D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. Fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. Email: Program.intaketVtusda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


Board Policy regarding charges for Meals al Pryor Public Schools
Students who do not qualify for free meals may charge a maximum of 3 meals at school prior to May 1st. No charges will be permitted after May 1st. All meals which are charged will be reimbursable meals. Students who have exceeded the charge limit who are without lunch funds after May Is1 will be provided an alternate meal if they do not have money to pay for their meals.

SHARING INFORMATION WITH MEDICAID/SOONERCARE

Dear Parent/Guardian

If your children get free or reduced-price school meals, they MAY also be able to get free or low-cost health insurance through Medicaid or SoonerCare. Children with health insurance are more likely to get regular health care and are less likely to miss school because of sickness. 

Because health insurance is so important to children’s well-being, the law allows us to tell Medicaid and SoonerCare that your children are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals unless you tell us not to. Medicaid and SoonerCare only use the information to identify children who may be eligible for their programs. Program officials may contact you to offer to enroll your children. Filling out the Application for
Free and Reduced-Price Meals does not automatically enroll your children in health insurance.

If you do not want us to share your information with Medicaid or SoonerCare, fill out the form below and send in. (Sending in this form will not change whether your children get free or reduced-price school meals.)

SHARING INFORMATION FORM

SOURCES OF CHILD INCOME

Sources

Example (s)

- Earnings from work

- A child has a regular full or part-time job where they earn a salary or wages

- Social Security - Disability payments - Survivor’s Benefits

- A child is blind or disabled and receives Social Security benefits - A parent is disabled, retired, or deceased, and their child receives Social Security benefits

- A friend or extended family member regularly gives a child spending money

- A child is blind or disabled and receives Social Security benefits - A parent is disabled, retired, or deceased, and their child receives Social Security benefits

-- Income from any other source

- A child receives regular income from a private person fund, annuity, or trust

SOURCES OF ADULT INCOME

Earnings from work

Public Assistance /Alimony/Child Support

Pensions Retirement All Other Income

- Salary, wages, cash bonuses - Net income from self- employment (farm or business) If you are in the U.S. Military: - Basic pay and cash bonuses(do NOT include combat pay. FSSAor privatized housing allowances) - Allowances for off-base housing, food and clothing

- Unemployment benefits - Worker's compensation - Supplemental Security Income (SSI) - Cash assistance from State or local government - Alimony payments - Child support payments - Veteran's benefits - Strike benefits

- Social Security (including railroad retirement and black lung benefits) - Private pensions or disability benefits - Regular income from trusts or estates - Annuities - Investment income - Earned interest - Rental income - Regular cash payments from outside household