Low cost, nutritious school meals at some schools

The Diocese of Camden announced today that low cost, nutritious school meals and/or milk will be available to all children enrolled in the Catholic schools listed below. In addition, meals and/or milk will be provided free or at a greatly reduced price to children from households whose gross income is at or below the amounts listed on the household size and income scale which appears below. Applications for Free and Reduced Price Meals or Free Milk will be sent to the households of all children enrolled in the schools listed.

Application forms are available at your child’s school and application can be made at any time during the school year. If a household member becomes unemployed, or the household size or income changes during the school year, parents are encouraged to contact the school so that all children receive the proper benefits.

For the school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide the following information listed on the application: names of all household members; household income received by each household member; type of income; frequency of income such as weekly, every two weeks, twice a month, monthly or annually; and the signature and the last four digits of the social security number of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.

The information provided by parents on the application will be kept confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility.

The school will advise parents of their child’s eligibility within 10 working days of receipt of the application. Any parent dissatisfied with the eligibility determination may contact the school to request an informal conference or may appeal the decision by requesting a formal hearing. Parents may call the school for further information on the program.

Once determinations are completed, school officials are required to verify a minimum of three percent of the approved free and reduced price applications on file.

Foster children are eligible for free meals or free milk. Households receiving assistance under NJ SNAP (Food Stamp Program) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) for their children will be notified of their eligibility for free benefits unless the household notifies the school that it chooses to decline benefits. Households receiving assistance under NJ SNAP or TANF should only submit an application if they are not notified of their eligibility by a specified date determined by the school.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll free (866) 632-9992 (Voice). Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

The following schools participate in one or more of the following School Nutrition Programs: National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, After School Snack Program, Special Milk Program.

Name of School and Town in Which School is Located

Holy Name School Camden

Sacred Heart School Camden

St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral School Camden

St. Anthony of Padua School Camden

St. Cecilia School Pennsauken

St. Mary School Williamstown

St. Michael the Archangel Regional School Clayton

Christ the King Regional School Haddonfield

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