WEST COLUMBIA, SC -- Lexington Two has announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. A new application must be submitted each school year; registration for the 2021-2022 school year opened July 1.
Local school officials have adopted household size and income criteria for determining eligibility. This information may be found in the chart that is attached with this story. Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown in this attached chart may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.
Online applications for the 2021-2022 school year are available at www.paypams.com/onlineapp. Please note:
- Submit one application per household, but include each child’s name and Student Identification Number on it. If you do not know the identification number, contact the child’s school or food services, (803) 739-8381.
- Families who received free and reduced meals must reapply every year.
For school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide the following information on the application: (1) A SNAP or TANF case number certifying the household is currently eligible for either of these assistance programs and an adult household member signature or (2) names of all household members, the name and last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member signing the application form, current income by source for each household member and a signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.
Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits regardless of household income. If a household has foster children living with them and the household has not previously been notified by the School District that their foster children have been directly certified for free meals, the household should include and count the foster children (including personal income earned by the foster children) on the household application form with other non-foster children.
Under the provisions of the policy, Pamela Bienkoski will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the reviewing official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewer on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Travis Crocker, whose address is: Lexington Two District Education Center, 715 9th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169 for a hearing to appeal the decision. The hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.
If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes, the household should contact the school to file a meal application. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for free or reduced price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above. A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the office of the District Superintendent where any interested party may review it.
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.
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