National School Breakfast and Lunch Program

School Lunch Program
PUBLIC RELEASE
Muskingum County Board of DD Starlight School announced its 2019-2020 program year policy for The National School Breakfast and Lunch Program.  Starlight School will again be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Program.  All students enrolled are eligible to receive a free breakfast and a free lunch.

FREE HEALTH CARE:
Families with children eligible for school meals may be eligible for FREE health care coverage through Medicaid and/or Ohio’s Healthy Start & Healthy Families programs.  These programs include coverage for doctor visits, immunizations, physicals, prescriptions, dental, vision, mental health, substance abuse and more.  Please call 1-800-324-8680 for more information or to request an application.  Information can also be found on the web at http://jfs.ohio.gov/ohp/consumers/familychild.stm.  Anyone who has an Ohio Medicaid card is already receiving these services.

Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income.  If a family has foster children living with them and wishes to apply for such meals or milk for them, contact the school for more information.

Under the provision of the policy if we were no longer participating in the CEP Program and applications were filled out, Mary Peadon,  would review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian disagrees with the decision on the application or the result of verification, the decision may be discussed with the determining official on an informal basis.  If a formal appeal is desired, the household has the right to a fair hearing.  A fair hearing can be requested either orally or in writing from:  Kellie Brown, Superintendent, Muskingum County Board of DD.

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The policy contains an outline of the hearing procedure.

The U.S Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department.  (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  

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