Breakfast/Lunch Program Available for Furloughed Employees

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National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program Eligibility for Furloughed Federal Employees
Households affected by the partial closure of the federal government may apply for National School Lunch and School Breakfast meal benefits. The income guidelines for free and reduced price school meals are based on annual income. Households may apply with the income received in the current month, projected for the month in which the application is completed or for the month prior to application.
In these unique circumstances, school districts should urge any families who are approved for free or reduced price meals based on their reduced income during a furlough period to terminate their free/reduced price status should the economic hardship they had anticipated due to the furlough be remedied by a return to work and/or restoration of pay for the furlough period.  In addition, families should be made aware that if they are selected for verification later in the school year, they will be required to produce documentation of actual income for the application month. School districts may choose to verify applications “for cause”  if they have specific information indicating that the information on the application is not accurate.
Please contact Oregon Department of Education Director of Child Nutrition Programs (Dustin Melton) with any questions or contact North Powder School District.

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