How to apply for free and reduced lunch status
If you believe you are eligible for free or reduced lunch status, you will need to apply by completing the following steps each school year:1. Download the application form. (It is located in the “files” section at the bottom of the Food & Nutrition Services page. You can also obtain a copy from the school district.
2. Print a copy of the application form.
3. Complete the form according to directions. (If you have questions about the form, call Erna Blount at 274-4789)
4. Return the application to Auburn Public School Nutrition Services, 1829 Central Ave., Auburn,NE 68305.
5. You will be notified by letter of your status as soon as your application has been reviewed.
All students have a closed lunch period. Everyone must stay at school during the lunch period. Parents may request permission from the administration to take their student to lunch. However, students must return to school by the beginning of the student’s next class.
Smart snack items are served at Auburn Middle School / High School. These items are cash only items.
There is more than one choice of food items at Auburn Middle School / High School.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Students shall be responsible for items which students purchase from the District’s breakfast and lunch programs. The cost of items to be sold to students shall be consistent with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.
Funds can be deposited into a student’s account by giving cash or checks to the appropriate food service employee during designated times. These deposits are free to the student/parent. Funds can also be deposited electronically into a student’s account via eFunds. The eFunds link can be found on the school website. eFunds does charge a fee to use this service.
It is the practice of the District to provide a Type A line meal to all students who request a meal, regardless of any debt that student may have accrued to that point. A la carte items may be restricted when the student carries a negative balance but only when such restriction can be done without drawing attention to other students.
Students are also responsible for the cost of food, beverages, and personal or consumable items which the students purchase from the District or at school, whether from a “school store,” a vending machine, a booster club or parent group sale, a book order club, or the like.
Students may be required to bring money or food for field trip lunches and similar activities.
2018-2019 School Lunch prices, per individual breakfast/lunch, are as follows:
2018-2019 Reduced School Lunch prices, per individual breakfast/lunch, are as follows:
2018-2019 Fee School Lunch prices, per individual breakfast/lunch, are as follows:
The District has agreed to participate in the National School Lunch Program and accepts responsibility for providing free and reduced price meals to eligible children in the schools under its jurisdiction. The District provides the United States Department of Agriculture’s required nondiscrimination statement:
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 Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
The school food authority assures the State Department of Education that the school system will uniformly implement the following policy to determine children’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals in all National School Lunch Programs. In fulfilling its responsibilities the school food authority:
- Agrees to serve meals free to children from families whose income meets eligibility guidelines.
- Agrees to serve meals at a reduced price to children from families whose income falls between free meal scale and the poverty guidelines.
- Agrees to designate the Superintendent to review applications and make a determination of eligibility. This official will use the criteria outlined in this policy to determine which individual children are eligible for free or reduced price meals.
- Agrees to develop and send to each child’s parent or guardian a letter as outlined by State Department of Education including an application form for free or reduced price meals at the beginning of each school year. Applications may be filed at any time during the year. All children from a family will receive the same benefits.
The following information will be available in the office of the Superintendent:
- Eligibility criteria for free and reduced meals
- Parent letter and application
- Public release
- Collection procedure
Monthly school breakfast and lunch menu will be sent home with students at the end of each month. Parents may access a ‘lunch calendar’ at the school’s website at www.auburnpublicschools.org.
Meal Charge Policy Policy No. 3542.1
It is the policy of the District to comply with the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program and all other federal grant programs that provide free or reduced meals to qualifying students.
Free and reduced Lunch/breakfast applications can be filled out at anytime during the school year and last for the remainder of the school year UNLESS there is a change in income. Families can reapply if there is a change in income.
Families of students who may be eligible for free or reduced price school meals should submit an application to determine their eligibility. Applications are available through the Superintendent or Superintendent’s designee. As long as an application is submitted on or after July 1, the application will be considered current for the new school year. A student may become eligible for free or reduced meals at any time during the school year if the household experiences a change in financial circumstances.
Meal Account Balances
The District will ensure that families can check their meal account balances in a manner other than exclusively online. The District will ensure that at least one form of meal account payment is free of charge.
The District encourages families to pre-pay without charge for free or reduced price meals. Notwithstanding the option to pre-pay, students and families will have a method to add funds during the school day. Any balance remaining in a pre-paid account shall carry over into the next month. Households approved for free or reduced price meals with funds remaining in their meal account at the end of the school year shall receive a refund. When a student leaves the District or graduates, the District shall attempt to contact the student’s household to return any funds remaining in the student’s meal account.
Unpaid meal charges may be carried over at the end of the school year to the subsequent school year as a delinquent debt and the District shall undertake reasonable collection efforts to collect unpaid meal charges classified as delinquent debt, pursuant to and in compliance with state and federal law. The District shall maintain records of its collection efforts and, once delinquent meal charges are converted to bad debt, follow its documentation establishing and handling of the bad debt. Typically, delinquent debt is converted to bad debt one calendar year after being labeled as delinquent.
The District will disclose individual student eligibility information only to those persons (and organizations) who require the information in order to carry out an activity specifically authorized by the National School Lunch Act, subject to applicable legal exceptions.
The District shall not use or implement any colored or coded meal cards, tickets, tokens, or other methods of payment that would overtly identify a student as being eligible for free or reduced price meals.
This policy shall be provided in writing to all students’ households at the start of each school year and to households transferring to the District during the school year.
This policy shall also be provided annually to District staff members responsible for the enforcement of this policy, including food service professionals.
The Superintendent or the Superintendent’s designee shall maintain documentation of the annual distribution of this policy to students’ households and District staff.
Legal Reference: Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. § 1751); U.S.D.A. Memorandum SP 57-2016.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases 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 an employment complaint, you must contact your agency’s EEO Counselor (PDF) within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act, event, or in the case of a personnel action. Additional information can be found online at https://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_file.html.
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (PDF), found online at https://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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities and you wish to file either an EEO or program complaint please contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (in Spanish).
Persons with disabilities, who wish to file a program complaint, please see information above on how to contact us by mail directly or by email. If you require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) please contact USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD).