SUSQUEHANNA TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17109
DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY OF CHILDREN FOR FREE OR REDUCED PRICE LUNCHES
Needy children should be provided meals on a uniform basis in all schools within the district as determined by poverty income guidelines provided by the federal government annually. Cafeteria lunches shall be offered, without discrimination, to children attending each school and shall be served, without cost or at a reduced charge, to such children who are unable to pay the full cost of the lunch.
When the Food Service Director and Business manager determine, on the basis of parental application and additional information presented, that the children of such families are unable to pay the full price of the lunch, a free or reduced price lunch will be made available to such children. There shall be no physical segregation of or other discrimination against any child because of his/her inability to pay. Also, children who receive free or reduced lunches should not be publicly identified.
Since many factors must be considered, each request for free or reduced lunches must be determined individually. Consideration shall be given to economic need as reflected by family income including welfare payments and family size. Children from families eligible for U.S.D.A. food assistance under the Commodity Distribution or Food Stamp Program and from families receiving public assistance shall be considered for free or reduced price lunches.
Approved by the School Board – September 25, 1972
Amended by the School Board – June 8, 1987