Healthy School Meals for All

Starting this 2023-2024 school year, Big Sandy School is excited to announce the participation in the Healthy School Meals for All program for Lunch.

All students enrolled at Big Sandy School may participate in the Lunch program at no cost!

Studies have shown that students who are not hungry perform better in school. By providing Lunch to all no students at no cost, we are hoping to create a better learning environment for our students.

As in previous years, it’s important for households to still provide their household income information when requested via an application.

While meals will be provided at no cost to all students in participating schools, it’s important for Big Sandy School to continue gathering this information in order to receive full access to state and federal funding.

Additional funds will go directly to schools to help cover the cost of meals, support after-school activities and other nutritional programs for students. Plus, households who qualify may receive discounted school fees, class materials, bus passes, utilities support and more.

The following policy contains more information on eligibility determination for free and reduced-price meals. Please note that, while the following pages may reference eligibility for free or reduced-price school meals, Lunch will be provided free to all students in the 2023/2024 school year regardless of your household income.

If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to contact us at 719-541-2291.

Adult Meal & a La Carte Pricing information

Teachers, visiting adults and guests to the school for special events may purchase a lunch for $4.05

For students who pack a lunch, their choice of milk can be purchased for .30 cents.

Students who wish to have an extra milk with their free lunch, may purchase additional milks for .30 cents each.

Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year 2023-24

Download/Print Hot Lunch Application Packet

Big Sandy School District announced its policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free and reduced-price meals [or free milk] served under the National School Lunch (NSLP. Local school officials will use the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility.

Household Size
Free Guidelines – Annual Income
Reduced Guidelines – Annual Income
1
$18,954
$26,973
2
$25,636
$36,482
3
$32,318
$45,991
4
$39,000
$55,000
5
$45,682
$65,009
6
$52,364
$74,518
7
$59,046
$84,027
8
$65,728
$93,536
For Each Additional Person
$6,682
$9,509

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.
Hot Lunch Staff
Name Phone
Jennifer Billmire (719) 541-2291
Danni Hankins (719) 541-2292
Carman Johnson (719) 541-2292
Crystal Kiniston (719) 541-2291
Debbie Molner (719) 541-2291

Hot Lunch Non-Discrimination Notice
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

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.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ad-3027.pdf, 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Free & Reduced meals FAQ

Who can receive free or reduced price meals?

  1. 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/Colorado Works – Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion), are eligible for free meals.
  2. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Foster children may be added as a household member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to apply. Including foster children as household members may help other children qualify for benefits. If the foster family is not eligible, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving benefits.
  3. Children who qualify for their districts Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  4. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
  5. 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 the above eligibility 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.

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?

You may be selected to provide Written proof of the household income you report on the application.

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 SchoolSteve Wilson, P.O. Box 68, Simla, CO 80835.

May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?

Yes. You, your children or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced-price meals. Immigration, migrant, citizenship or refugee status is not required to be provided during the application process, and families should continue to apply for free or reduced-price school meals. The application does require the last four numbers of a Social Security number or an indication that there is no Social Security number. Social Security number information is not reported to any organization outside of Big Sandy School District 100J.

What if my income is not always the same? 

List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month.  If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes.  If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income. The last four digits of the Social Security Number of an adult household member (or an indication of “none”) is required to process a complete income application.

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. The last four digits of the Social Security Number of an adult household member (or an indication of “none”) is required to process a complete income application.

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.

Sincerely,

Carmen Johnson

Big Sandy School District 100J is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry or need for special education services. Accordingly, no otherwise qualified student, employee, applicant for employment, or member of the public may be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to unlawful discrimination under any district program or activity on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law

Inquiries concerning Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and ADA may be referred to Steve Wilson, Superintendent of Schools, P.O. Box 68, Simla, CO 80835, (719) 541- 2292, swilson@bigsandy100j.org or to the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Region VIII, Federal Office Building, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, Colorado 80204, (303) 844-2991. Learn more at our Equal Opportunity Education/Title IX page.

The district’s Title IX coordinator is: Sammi Swennes, Activities Director, 18091 County Road 125, P.O. Box 68, Simla, CO 80835; 719-541-2291; sswennes@bigsandy100j.org

Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204.

Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.