SMMUSD HDQTRS — Parents with students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District should be receiving a letter letting them know whether or not they qualify for free or reduced-price meals and how to apply, education officials said Friday.

The SMMUSD released its policy for providing the meals for children under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Each school and the central office should have a copy of the policy for parents to review.

Under the guidelines, which are effective from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014, a single-parent household with one child and an annual income of $20,163 qualifies for free meals, while the same household with an annual income of $28,694 qualifies for reduced-price meals.

For each additional family member add $5,226.

Kids who receive food stamps (know called CalFRESH) or other public assistance are automatically eligible.

Applications should be in the mail. They are also available at the principal’s office of each school in the district, officials said.

Parents or guardians dissatisfied with their eligibility ruling may discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis. Parents may also make a formal request for an appeal hearing of the decision and may do so orally or in writing with the hearing official.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below the levels.

For more information, contact the SMMUSD at (310) 450-8338. The district’s central office is located at 1651 16th St. in Santa Monica.

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