Lunch on the Lawn

Sophmore Desert Vista student Marisa Baker sings and plays guitar during "Lunch on the Lawn" at Kyrene De Los Cerritos Elementary School on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. "Lunch on the Lawn" is an event where family members are invited to have lunch with students while the Desert Vista Choir performs.

[David Jolkovski/AFN]

The Kyrene School District recently announced its policy on providing free and reduced-price meals for children under the National School Lunch Program.

The free and reduced-price meals cover students for their meals on breakfast and lunch during the school term.

According to the Kyrene School District’s newsletter, children who are members of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance (SNAP), Cash Assistance units, Food Distribution Program, or the Indian Reservation (FDPIR) are automatically eligible for free or reduce meals.

Applications for receiving free or reduced-price meals are distributed to all families in the Kyrene School District, along with a letter informing the families with the guidelines about the assistance.

Application forms are also available at the principal’s office in every Kyrene school.

Kyrene School District’s Prevention Manager Amanda Hamm said the free and reduce lunch program is a federal program supporting families in need.

In the Kyrene School District nearly 29 percent of the students who attend schools in the district qualify for the free and reduce program, which is 5,107 out of the 17,650 students, Hamm said.

The federal program also looks at a family’s based income to determine if they will need assistance throughout the year with meals given by the school.

Hamm explained that a family of four interested in seeing if they qualify for the program must have a base income of $24,500 a year or less to receive assistance.

During the first day of school every child in the district is given the forms to fill out and submit, with the application process being straight forward.

If family members become unemployed or the household size increases, the district encourages those families to call and see if they are eligible for free and reduced-price meals.

For more information about the free and reduced price meals, contact the Kyrene School District office at (480) 541-1000.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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