Children need healthy meals to learn. Carman-Ainsworth Community Schools offers healthy meals every school day. Students may buy lunch for $1.60 Elementary/1.85 Secondary and breakfast for $1.00 for both Elementary and Secondary. Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. We sell reduced price lunches for $.40 and breakfasts for $.30. If a doctor has determined that your child has a disability, and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make any substitution prescribed by a licensed physician at no extra charge. The physician's statement, including prescribed diet and/or substitution, must be submitted to the Child Nutrition Department at your school. For further information, please call Becky Baker, Child Nutrition Director, 810-591-3220.
1. Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Complete the application to apply for free and reduced price school meals. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Family Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application t Becky Baker, Child Nutrition Director, G-3475 W. Court Street; Flint MI 48532.
2. Who can get free meals? Children in households getting Food Assistance Program (FAP), Family Independence Program (FIP), or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), can get free meals regardless of your income. Also, your children can get free meals if your household income is within the free limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.
3. Can foster children get free meals? Yes, foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are eligible for free meals. Any foster child in the household is eligible for free meals regardless of income.
4. Can homeless, runaway, and migrant children get free meals? Yes, children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant qualify for free meals. If you haven't been told your children will get free meals, please call Judy Kalush, 810-591-3206, homeless liaison or migrant coordinator to see if your child(ren) qualify.
5. Who can get reduced price meals? Your children can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Guidelines.
6. Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saving my children are approved for free meals? Please read the letter you got carefully and follow any instructions if provided. Call the Child Nutrition Department at 810-591-3220, if you have questions.
7. My child's application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one? Yes. your child's application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
8. I get women, infants & children (WIC). Can my child(ren) get free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. An application must be filled out by WIC households.
9. Will the information I give be verified? Yes, we may ask you to send written proof of any information provided on the application.
10. If I don't qualify now, may I apply later? Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you start getting FAP, FIP, FDPIR, or other benefits. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced price meals.
11. What if I disagree with the school's decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing t Russ Parks, Assistant Superintendent, G-3475 W. Court Street; Flint MI 48532, 810-591-3206.
12. May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen. Yes. you or your child(ren) do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.
13. Who should I include in as members of my household? You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relative, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.
14. What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally get. For example, if you normally get $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only got $900, put down that you get $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but not if you get it only sometimes.
15. We are in the military, do we include our housing allowance as income? If your housing is part of Military Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. All other allowances must be included in your gross income.
16. What if my child does not have health insurance? Your children may qualify for low cost or free health insurance through MIChild and Healthy Kids Program. To apply on line, go to www.michigan.gov/michild or call 1-888-988-6300 for help or to request a paper application.
Becky Baker, Child Nutrition Director