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National School Lunch Program

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in the Clark County School District, which provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to students.

The goal of the CCSD Child Nutrition Program is to serve nutritious, appetizing, and affordable meals to students. We believe that good nutrition is an important key to learning and that every child has the right to a nutritious breakfast and lunch at the   lowest possible price.

Menus are posted in all school cafeterias and available online.

Breakfast is currently offered to elementary school students for $1.25. Middle school and participating high school breakfast cost $1.50. Lunch is $2.00 at elementary schools and $3.25 at middle schools and participating high schools. Free and reduced price meals are available to qualifying students at elementary, middle, outlying high schools as well as most local area high schools.

Policy Statement: The USDA, Food and Nutrition Service Instruction 791-1 (revised) prohibits the denial of meals as a disciplinary action to all children who participate in the school nutrition program. The prohibition does not extend to the denial of meals for failure to pay. The school will not provide free meals unless the student qualifies for free meal benefits. Students who do not qualify for free meals must pay for their meals.

For further information regarding the child nutrition program, or for assistance in completing the meal benefit application call the Free and Reduced Food Service Office at 1-800-819-7556.

Free/Reduced Price Meals

The National School Lunch and Breakfast Program is a federally subsidized program and your child(ren) may be eligible to receive free or reduced price meals. You and your child(ren) do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals. Application for meal benefits must be completed each school year and only one application is needed per household. If you wish to apply, applications can be completed online at www.myschoolapps.com or by paper available schools as well as the main Food Service Department Office located at 6350 E. Tropical Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89115. Processing of an application takes 10 operating days, to reduce processing time we encourage you to apply online. For more information call the Free and Reduced Food Service Office at 1-800-819-7556.

Confidentiality 

Food Service officials use the information supplied on the application to decide if your child(ren) are eligible for free or reduced price meals. This information can be released to a limited number of other programs.

Verification

Your eligibility may be verified at any time during the school year. Food Service officials may ask you to send documentation as proof of free or reduced price meal eligibility. 

Fair Hearing

If you do not agree with Food Service decision regarding eligibility of your meal benefit application or results to verification, you may discuss it with Food Service officials. You have a right to ask for a fair hearing. You may do this by calling 1-800-819-7556 or writing to the Director of Food Services, 6350 E. Tropical Parkway, Las Vegas, NV 89115.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How does the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program work?
School districts that choose to participate in the meal programs receive federal reimbursement and donated commodities from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal they serve. In return, they must serve meals that meet Federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price meals to eligible children.

2. What are the nutritional requirements for school meals?
The National School Lunch Act mandates that school meals "safeguard the health and well-being of the Nation's children". Participating schools must serve lunches that are consistent with the applicable recommendation of the most recent Dietary Guidlines for Americans including: eat a variety of foods; choose a diet with plenty of grain products, vegetables, and fruits; choose a diet moderate in sugars and salt; and choose a diet with 30% or less of calories from fat, less than 10% of calories from saturated fat and no trans fats. The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 and the CCSD Student Wellness Regulation 5157 also regulate menu choices.

3. WHO CAN RECEIVE FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) can receive free meals regardless of income. Your child can also receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s GROSS (before deductions) income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. 
If you received a notification from the CCSD Food Service Department for the 2017-2018 school year confirming your child’s eligibility, do not complete this application. If there are other children in your household who did not receive a notification, please contact the Free & Reduced staff immediately at 1 (800) 819-7556. 
4. MY CHILD WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW APPLICATION?
Yes. You must complete a new application each school year to determine your child’s eligibility. If your child received meal benefits the previous school year, they will continue to receive those benefits up to the first 30 operating days of the new school year. When a new application is completed, the new status will override last year’s status. An incomplete application will be denied. 
5. CAN I APPLY ONLINE?
Yes! You are encouraged to complete an online application at www.myschoolapps.com 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. 
6. DO FOSTER CHILDREN QUALIFY FOR FREE MEALS?
Yes. Foster children are considered categorically eligible for free meals when a household completes the meal benefit application with the foster child option checked or when the state or local agency submits the required documentation that indicates the status of the child. 
7. CAN HOMELESS, RUNAWAY, OR MIGRANT CHILDREN RECEIVE FREE MEALS?
Children in your household who meet the following descriptions are eligible for free meals: lacking a permanent address, living in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangements, family relocates frequently. If you have not been notified by the CCSD Food Service Dept. that the children will receive free meals, contact the Homeless Advocate at each child’s schools or the Title I HOPE Office at (702) 855-6682. 
8. I RECEIVE WIC, ARE MY CHILDREN ELIGIBLE FOR FREE MEALS?
Children in households participating in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please submit an application to determine eligibility. 
9. MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. HOW DO WE APPLY FOR SNAP OR SIMILAR PROGRAMS?
Please contact State of Nevada at (775) 684-4000. 
10. DO I COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FOR EACH STUDENT?
Only one application is necessary per household. All students in your household must be included on the application, even if the children attend different schools. 
11. MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not need to be U.S. citizens to qualify for free or reduced price meals. 
12. WHAT IF MY INCOME CHANGES FREQUENTLY OR IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME AMOUNT?
If your earnings are not always the same, list the gross amount (before deductions) that you normally receive. Include regularly received overtime, but do not include overtime if you only receive it occasionally. If you have lost a job or have had your hours/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. 
14. HOW DO MILITARY FAMILIES REPORT THEIR INCOME?
The following must be reported as income: Basic pay and cash bonuses. Cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, clothing, or Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) payments. Excluded income: Military Housing Privatization Initiative Allowance and additional combat pay resulting from deployment. 
15. WHAT IF THERE ISN’T 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. 
16. IF I DO NOT QUALIFY RIGHT NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year. For example, if you or a household member suddenly becomes unemployed or benefits expire. 
17. WILL THE INFORMATION I PROVIDE ON THE APPLICATION BE VERIFIED? Yes. By submitting an application you agree that the information provided may be selected for verification, in which proof of income must be reported. 
18. WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE STATUS OF MY PROCESSED APPLICATION?
Please contact the CCSD Food Service staff at 1 (800) 819-7556 to discuss the application details and/

 

 

Non-Discrimination Statement

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov .

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing 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.

Use of Information Statement

This explains how we will use the information you give us. 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 househould 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 Reservation (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 violations of program rules. While disclosure of the last four digits of a social security number is voluntary the National School Lunch Act requires the last four digits of a social security number or indication of "none" for approval of the application. 

 

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