Unless a school provides meals to all students at no charge, schools must permit families to apply for free and reduced price meals. Schools must designate an Approving Officer to review and approve applications. Schools must also conduct verification of a sample of approved applications each year.
Current School Meal Free/Reduced Application
School Year 2014-2015 forms are available for printing. The pages are designed to be printed on 8.5 x 11 paper; the meal and milk applications must be printed on white paper. Some pages may be printed front to back. You will need to identify benefits that your school offers such as breakfast and afterschool snacks. The [bold bracketed fields] indicate where you need to insert your school specific data and information.
Required information that must be provided to households includes the letter to households, meal or milk application, the Notice of Direct Certification, and the Notice to
Households of Approval/Denial of Benefits. Please see the
Vermont Appendix for a complete timeline of activities.
Application Approval and Verification
Manuals for 2013-2014 The Vermont
Appendix contains a timeline of required activities, letter
templates, forms and other tools used during application
approval and verification.
Online Reporting Tool The
Verification Online Reporting Tool allows one School Food
Authority designee (one Supervisory Union designee) to
calculate the School Food Authority’s number of
applications to verify, and to complete and submit required
Verification reports. Three reports are required: October 1
number to verify, November 3 number of applications and
students, December 1 Verification results.
Benefit Issuance Letters
These are letters that may be used by schools who are
reviewed by Child Nutrition Programs and who must complete
corrective action by contacting households to notify them
of eligibility changes resulting from errors found during
an Administrative or Program Review. These sample letters
will save lots of time, will facilitate the corrective
action process and may save fiscal action penalties for
incorrect meal claiming errors by quicker corrective action
Free and Reduced
The agency publishes an annual report showing the number
and percent of students eligible for free and reduced price
school meals for every school that participates in the
National School Lunch Program.