IM-26 2/6/01 FREE & REDUCED SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR GAFP
|FREE AND REDUCED SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR GRANDPARENTS AS FOSTER PARENTS|
|The purpose of this memorandum is to clarify
the process of receiving free and reduced school lunches for participants
of the Grandparent As Foster Parents (GAFP) Program.
The following information was received from the Director of School Food Services, which is under The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
According to federal regulations, if a school age child has a DCN and is receiving from the TANF Block Grant they are categorically eligible for free lunches. A tape match between DESE and DFS identifies these children who receive Temporary Assistance. If a child's name appears on the tape match, they do not have to apply for free or reduced lunches. GAFP children are included on the tape match. The tape match is run one time a year in July.
APPLICATION FOR FREE AND REDUCED LUNCHES AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION
Children, who are approved for GAFP prior to the tape match of July 2001 must file an application called "Meal Benefit Form for Free and Reduced Price School Meals" through the school. A copy of the application is attached.
GAFP children who will not appear on the tape match will need to fill out the following sections of the application:
FORM NOT AVAILABLE ON-LINE; HARD COPY ONLY