Children need healthy meals to learn. Big Sandy School offers healthy meals every school day. Lunch costs $2.65 for elementary and $2.90 for secondary. (See Board Policies EF , EF-E-1 and EFEA for further information)
Your children may qualify for free meals or for reduced price meals. The reduced price is $.40 for lunch. (See Board Policy EFC for further information)
*Students in preschool through 5th grade who qualify for reduced meals will receive lunch at no charge.*
Complete one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information.
Application packets are available at the school or by downloading the packet from our website.
Return the completed application to:Big Sandy School PO Box 68 Simla, Colorado 80835 **Please Note that for up to 30 operating days into the new school year, eligibility from the last year will continue. When this carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children must pay full price for school meals and the school will not send a reminder notice or a notice of expired eligibility.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:https://www.ascr.usda.gov/ad-3027-usda-program-discrimination-complaint-form, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (566) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider
Who can receive free or reduced price meals?
All children in households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF (also known as Colorado Works) – Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion), are eligible for free meals.
Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart
How do I know if My Children Qualify as Homeless, Migrant or Runaway? Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet the descriptions and haven’t already been notified your children will receive free meals, please call or email Big Sandy School, Chad Thieman, 719-541-2291.
Do I need to fill out an application for each child? No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Big Sandy School, Carman Johnson, PO Box 68, Simla, CO 80835.
Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year saying my children are already approved for Free Meals? No, but please read the letter you received carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact Carman Johnson, PO Box 68, Simla, CO 80835. 719-541-2291 immediately.
Can I Apply Online? While the Application form is available to download/print here, it can only be submitted via mail, fax, in person or via email*. Contact Carman Johnson, 719-541-2291 if you have any questions about submitting the application via email.
*Please note that because email travels through many routers and/or ISPs before reaching the recipient, it can be subject to virtual eavesdropping prior to reaching the recipient. If you prefer security of your information, we recommend you mail, fax or submit in person, your application.
My child’s application was approved last year. Do I need to fill out another one? Yes. Your child’s application is good only for that school year and for the first 30 days of this school year. You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.
I receive benefits from the WIC program. Can my children receive free meals? Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.
Will the information I give be checked? Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
If I don’t qualify now, may I apply later? Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
What if i disagree with the school’s decision about my application? You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Big Sandy School, Steve Wilson, P.O. Box 68, Simla, CO 80835.
May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen? Yes. You or your children or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
What if my income is not always the same? List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally receive $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only received $900, put down that you receive $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you work overtime only sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
What if some household members have no income to report? Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
We are in the military. Do we we report our income differently? Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
What if there isn’t enough space on the application for my family? List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact Big Sandy School, 719-541-02291 to receive a second application.
My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for? To find out how to apply for other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office. Colorado PEAK is an online service to screen and apply for medical, food and cash assistance programs. It can be accessed at http://coloradopeak.force.com/.
If you have any other questions or need help, contact 719-541-2291.