FAIRFIELD — With public schools kicking off their academic year, free and reduced-price meals are again available for enrolled children.
Applications are available at each public school and publicly funded preschool. To enroll for free or reduced-price benefits, parents or guardians must complete an application and return it to the school for processing. Eligibility is based on household size and income.
Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.
Households that receive benefits from CalFresh, the former food stamps program that now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistant Program at the federal level; the California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids program, or CalWORKs; the state’s Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payment program, or Kin-GAP; or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations may not have to complete an application, according to a press release from the Fairfield-Suisun School District.
School officials will notify households of their eligibility, and those who do not want their children to receive free meals must contact the school. Households enrolled in those programs who are not notified of their eligibility by Wednesday should complete an application.
According to the website www.Kidsdata.org, a program of the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, 48.5 percent of Solano County students were eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in 2012. In the Fairfield-Suisun School District, it was 54.6 percent, while it was 27.6 percent in the Travis School District, 39.2 percent in Vacaville School District and 55 percent in the River-Delta District, which includes Rio Vista.
Reach Brad Stanhope at 427-6958 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bradstanhope.