Children need healthy meals to learn.  Big Sandy School offers healthy meals every school day.  Lunch costs $2.95 for elementary meal or $47.20 per month and $3.20 for secondary meal or $51.20 per month. Adult meals are $4.05 or $64.80 per month.

(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.*

Download/Print Hot Lunch Application Packet

Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year 2020-21

Household Size
Each additional person:

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
Laura Nehl (719) 541-2291
Suzanne Warneke (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:, 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:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider

Free & Reduced meals FAQ

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 listed in the above income 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.

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 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 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

If you have any other questions or need help, contact 719-541-2291.


Carmen Johnson

Use of Information Statement
The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application.  You do not have to give the information, but if you do not, we cannot approve your child fro free or reduced price meals.  You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application.  The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for you child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number.  We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs.   We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.


In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, Big Sandy School District 100J does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, 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.

Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees and members of the public. The following person(s) have been identified as the compliance officer for the district:

Steve Wilson, Superintendent, or designee
Name of title of employee designated as compliance officer for the district:

18091 County Road 125, PO Box 68, Simla, CO 80835

Telephone number

Sammi Swennes
Name(s) of employee(s) designated as the Title IX Coordinator

18091 County Road 125, PO BOX 68, Simla, CO 80835
Telephone number Email Address

Outside agencies

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 for 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.