Important Information Regarding School Meals
Good news! For school year 2021-22, the Ashford School district has opted to participate in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) of the National School Lunch Program. This means that all students enrolled in AshfordSchool will receive breakfast and lunch free of charge. However, it remains critical that you complete and submit your free and reduced-price meal application to Ashford School in order to determine eligibility for other programs, like the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT), discounted technology and WiFi programs, and more. This packet includes an application for free and reduced-price school meals and detailed instructions in how to complete it.
Note: Children receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Family Assistance (TFA) or Medicaid (HUSKY A) benefits may be directly certified and automatically eligible for free meals without applying for benefits. (Some children who receive Medicaid (HUSKY A) benefits may also be directly certified and automatically eligible for reduced-price meals.) Questions regarding SNAP/TFA/Medicaid and direct certification should be sent to the determining official, Jen Truax, firstname.lastname@example.org , 860-429-197×365.
If you have received a NOTICE OF DIRECT CERTIFICATION for free or reduced-price meals, do not complete the application unless instructed to do so by the district. Let the school know if any children in your household are not listed on the Notice of Direct Certification letter you received, since free or reduced meal benefits are extended to all children in a household when directly certified.
Additionally, all school-aged students in income-eligible households and students who are determined to be directly certified for free or reduced-price meals, can receive school meal benefits regardless of a student’s immigration status and the district/school does not release information for immigration-related purposes in the usual course of operating the Child Nutrition Programs.
The Ashford School district complies with the federal requirements for meal modifications for students with special dietary needs. The requirements for meal modifications are different for students with and without disabilities. For more information, please contact Food Service director, Karen Samperi at 860-429-6419×360.
Ashford School Lunch Information:
Alternate Lunch choices include all five food group components.
All juice drinks are 100% juice.
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