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Prepare to Distribute School Meal Applications and Encourage Families to Complete Applications Online
Start Date: 9/29/2017
End Date: 9/29/2017
Event Description:
As you prepare for the start of the 2017-18 school year, please note these key points regarding School Meal Applications:

  • You will receive a shipment of School Meal Applications beginning the week of August 21. The applications will be delivered to the SchoolFood manager for your school's kitchen site. Please work with your SchoolFood manager or cook-in-charge to distribute applications to your students when the school year begins in September.
  • Please encourage families to complete the School Meals Application online, where possible, to reduce the number of paper applications that your school needs to collect and to allow the DOE to process applications more quickly; this will also allow eligible students to receive meal services as soon as possible.
  • Families of students who are new to DOE schools and who do not complete the application before school opens on September 7, will need to pay full price for meals until they complete an application to establish their eligibility for free meals.
  • Families of students who are not new to the DOE should complete the School Meals application as soon as possible; prior year eligibility will expire on October 20, after which these students will be required to pay $1.75 for lunch.
  • Completed applications should be submitted to DOE SchoolFood by September 29.

To maximize your school's Title I funding and to minimize student cash outlays, you should collect School Meal Applications as soon as possible once the school year begins. For suggestions about maximizing the collection of applications, see here. Please note that all students who do not qualify for free or reduced-price meals are expected to pay for meals until the student's eligibility is determined. Since free-meal eligibility is not retroactive, if a student pays full-price at the beginning of the school year, and later qualifies for free meals, they are expected to pay full-price for meals for those dates that their eligibility was indeterminate.

For a flyer that you can send home to families to encourage them to complete the online application, see here. For suggestions on maximizing the collection of applications to increase Title I funding, see here. If you need additional paper applications, you can place an order beginning September 7; you or your designee should use your ATS code as your username to log in to the Meal Application Ordering System. If you need to reset your username or password, please contact Claudia Nunez. To view the Meal Eligibility Training Videos, see here.

For questions, contact SchoolFood at 718-707-4400.

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