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Free and Reduced Price Meals

Apply for free and reduced meals benefits online through COMPASS. Click on Apply for Benefits, choose the Free or Reduced Price School Meals, select Continue at the bottom of the page, and follow the directions. We will notify you if your children qualify or of any change in your children's status.

Children need healthy meals to learn, and the Bald Eagle Area School District offers healthy meals every school day. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. Reduced prices are $.30 for Breakfast and $.40 for Lunch. We would like all children to participate in the free and reduced lunch program if their parents can meet eligibility requirements. Our district receives some funding for educational programs based on the number of students who participate in the free and reduced lunch program, and we need your help to increase our numbers. The District receives more government payment from a free or reduced meal than from a fully paid regular one. With your help, the district will receive greater federal and state funding and we could make our already excellent meal program even better!

All information obtained in the process is totally confidential and is accessible only to those who administer the free and reduced meal program in the district. The computerized meal system maintains account information in privacy. There are no separate free and reduced lines or any other way to visibly identify participants.

To receive free or reduced price meals for your child, you must complete an application and return it to the address below. Households are free to change or update their application as their household income or size may change. At the opening of the school year, your child's status from the previous year can be used for ten days. It is necessary for a new application to be completed and processed for the child to qualify for benefits for the current year. Return the completed application to:

Douglas Dyke
Bald Eagle Area High School
751 South Eagle Valley Road
Wingate, PA 16823-4740

Who can get free or reduced price meals?

Children in households getting Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children can receive free meals regardless of your income. Also, if your household income is within the limits on the Federal Income Chart, your children can receive free or reduced price meals.

Will the information I give be checked?

Yes, we may ask you to send written proof of the information you give.

What if I stop getting Food Stamps or TANF?

If your children qualify because you listed a Food Stamp or TANF case number, you must tell the school when you no longer receive Food Stamps or TANF.

What if my household size or income changes?

If your children qualify for free or reduced price meals based on your income, you must tell us if your household size goes down or if your income goes up by more than $50 per month ($600 per year). Call us at 814-355-5721. You do not have to fill out another application.

If I don't qualify now, may I apply again later?

Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting Food Stamps or TANF. If you lose your job, your children may be able to receive free or reduced price meals during the time you are unemployed.

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: Business Manager, 751 South Eagle Valley Road, Wingate, PA 16823 814-355-5516.

Do I have to fill out this application?

No. You do not have to fill out this application unless you want to apply for free or reduced price meals for your children. We strongly urge you to do so, if there is any possibility your family may qualify.

Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children have been approved for free or reduced price meals?

Please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. Call the school at 814-355-5721 if you still have questions.

Who can I apply for?

You may apply for any child in your household who attends a school serving meals through the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program.

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?

Yes. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Will my children be treated differently because they receive free or reduced price meals?

No. Your children will not be identified or treated differently from children who pay the full price for meals. The computerized meal system maintains account information in privacy. There are no separate free and reduced lunch lines or any other way to visibly identify participants in the free and reduced lunch program.

What if some of my children get Food Stamps or TANF and others don't?

On the application, fill out Part 1, listing Food Stamp or TANF case numbers for those children who get them. Fill out Part 3, giving the names of all household members and the income each received last month. Under "Income" include the TANF payments your household gets, but not the value of the Food Stamps. Sign the application and give your Social Security Number.

If I no longer receive Food Stamps or TANF, can I list my old case number?

No. Only a current nine digit Food Stamp or TANF case number can be used on this application.

May I use my EBT number to get free meals?

No. You must use your current nine digit Food Stamp or TANF case number. Contact your caseworker if you do not know your number.

Who should I include as members of my household?

You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends). You must include yourself and all children.

What if my income last month was more or less than normal?

List the amount that you usually receive. For example, if you usually receive $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only received $900, put down that you get $1000 per month. If you usually receive overtime, include it.