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Frequently Asked Questions Parent Letter

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How secure is my online application transaction?
Who can get reduced price meals?
I currently receive Food Assistance or Family Investment Program (FIP) benefits; do I need to fill out an application?
What if my income is not always the same?
Will the information I give be checked?
If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?
What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
Who should I include as members of my household?
I get WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals?
We are in the military, do we include our housing allowance as income?
What other benefits might I be eligible for?
Can children with disabilities get food substitutions?
Self-Employment Income Worksheet: This worksheet will assist you in calculating the amount to report if you engage in farming, are self employed or have income from other sources.
Income Eligibility Guidelines (Effective from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016)


Security

Q: How secure is my online application transaction?
A: Highest... 128 bit encryption
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Applications

Q: Who can get reduced price meals?
A: Your child(ren) can get low cost meals if your household income is within the reduced price limits on the Federal Income Chart shown on this application.
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Q: I currently receive Food Assistance or Family Investment Program (FIP) benefits; do I need to fill out an application?
A: Perhaps. School enrollment records have been compared to records from the Department of Human Services to identify children who are members of households receiving Food Assistance or FIP benefits. If ANY of your child(ren) are identified during this process all your children will be directly certified as eligible to receive free meal benefits and you will be notified of their eligibility by the school. Parents need to do nothing more for their children to receive free meal benefits.
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Q: What if my income is not always the same?
A: 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 do not include overtime if you get it only sometimes.
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Q: Will the information I give be checked?
A: Yes, we may ask you to send written proof. You are not required to provide proof with your application.
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Q: If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later?
A: 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 Food Assistance, FIP, or other benefits. If you lose your job, your children may be able to get free or reduced price meals.
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Q: What if I disagree with the school’s decision about my application?
A: You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Food Services Department 563-386-4780.
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Q: May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?
A: Yes. You or your child(ren) do not have to be a U.S. citizen to qualify for free or reduced price meals.
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Q: Who should I include as members of my household?
A: You must include all people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relatives, or friends), who share income and expenses. You must include yourself and all children who live with you. Households with foster and non-foster children may choose to include the foster child as a household member, as well as any personal income earned by the foster child.
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Q: I get WIC. Can my child(ren) get free meals?
A: Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.
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Q: We are in the military, do we include our housing allowance as income?
A: If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. All other allowances must be included in your gross income. There are currently no active Military Housing Projects in Iowa. For a listing of the Military Housing Projects by state visit the following web site: http://www.acq.osd.mil/housing/mhpi.htm.
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Q: What other benefits might I be eligible for?
A: Your child may be eligible for other benefits including hawk-i (children’s health insurance) or for a waiver of school fees. Read the information on the back of the Iowa Eligibility Application for hawk-i information. A school fee waiver form is available from your school.
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Q: Can children with disabilities get food substitutions?
A: If a child has a disability, as determined by a licensed physician, and the disability prevents the child from eating the regular school meal, the school will make substitutions prescribed by the licensed physician. If a substitution is needed, there will be no extra charge for the meal. Please note, however, that the school is not required to make a substitution for a food allergy, unless it meets the definition of disability. Please call the school for further information.
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Q: Self-Employment Income Worksheet: This worksheet will assist you in calculating the amount to report if you engage in farming, are self employed or have income from other sources.
A:

Line 12 - Business income or (loss) $_________________

Line 13 - Capitol gain or (losses) $_________________

Line 14 - Other gains or (losses) $_________________

Line 17 - Rental real estate, royalties, partnerships, S corporations, trusts, etc. $_______________

Line 18 - Farm income or (loss) $___________________

Total $________________

The least income possible is zero (a negative number cannot be reported) Total divided x 12 = $_______________ Monthly

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Q: Income Eligibility Guidelines (Effective from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016)
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