nutrition

Child Nutrition

Welcome to Finley School District's Food Service.

Finley School District participates in the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program.  School breakfast and lunch will be served during the school year.  Each student will be issued a meal account.  Students may purchase meals with money they deposit in the account or pay cash.

Free and Reduced-Price meals are available for children who qualify according to the eligibility standards.  A copy of the Income Eligibility Standards is located in the Child Nutrition Document section of our website.  Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown in the standards are eligible for free or reduced-price meals.

Application forms, with a letter to parents or guardian, are being sent to all homes at the beginning of the school year.  These documents are also available on our website.  To apply for free or reduced-price meals, households must fill out the application and return it to the school.  Additional copies are available at all school offices.  The information provided on the application will be used to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials.

For school officials to determine eligibility, households must provide the following information listed on the application:  the names of everyone in the household, the amount of income each household member received last month and where it came from.  The signature of an adult household member and the adult’s last 4 numbers of the social security number.  If the adult signing the application does not have a social security number, check the “I do not have a social security number box.”  For a child who is a member of a Basic Food or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) assistance unit, the household needs to provide only the child’s name, the programs case number and printed name and signature of an adult member on the application

The Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) will download the names of all children into the OSPI Comprehensive Education and Data Research System.  Information will include the child’s name,  and date of birth.  Upon receipt of this information OSPI will match student names against the DSHS file and then make the “match” data available to each district.  Students will automatically qualify for free meals if their schools participates in the USDA Child Nutrition Programs.  All children in these households are eligible for free meals and if any child was not listed on the eligibility notice, contact the district office.  Households that do not want their child(ren) to participate in the free meal program should notify the district office.  Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.

Under the provision of the free and reduced-price policy, the designated approving official will review applications and determine eligibility.  Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the official may wish to discuss the decision with the approving official on an informal basis.  Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to the fair hearing official, Becki Saunders, for a hearing on the decision

Foster children, under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are also eligible for free meals.  If you have questions about applying for meal benefits for foster child(ren), contact the district office.  The information provided by the household is confidential and will be used or the purposes of determining eligibility and verifying data.  Finley School District may disclosure student name and meal status eligibility to Federal, State, or Local agencies as authorized by the NSLA (National School Lunch Act) without the consent of parent/guardian.  In addition, parents or guardians may request release of information to other programs.  Please contact the District Office for Consent forms.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; fax: (202) 690-7442; or email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Contacts

Becki Saunders

Food Service Manager

509-582-2158

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Terri McGaughey

Fiscal Assistant/District Secretary

509-586-3217

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