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Who can get free meals?
Who can receive reduced meals?
Can homeless, runaway, head start, and migrant students receive Free and Reduced meals?
I receive WIC benefits. Do my children qualify for Free and Reduced meals?
If I do not qualify may I reapply again during the same school year?
I disagree with the schools decision about my benefits, what do I do?
How secure is my online application transaction?
How long after I apply will the status be determined?
Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
Why have I not received my confirmation e-mail?
Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year stating they qualified for Free and Reduced price meal benefits?
Will the information I provide in this process be verified?
Do all of the members of my household have to be U.S. citizens to apply for Free and Reduced meal pricing benefits?
Who should be included when determining my household size or listing the members of my household?
What if my income fluctuates and is not always the same amount?
My family is a military dependent family; do we include our housing allowance as income?
My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is her combat pay counted as income?
My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?


Benefits

Q: Who can get free meals?
A: Children living in households whose monthly income falls within the Income Guidelines released by the USDA for free meals. Children who are receiving SNAP (Food Stamps), TANF, FDPIR, and most Foster children can receive free priced meals.
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Q: Who can receive reduced meals?
A: Children living in households whose monthly income falls within the Income Guidelines released by the USDA for reduced meals.
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Q: Can homeless, runaway, head start, and migrant students receive Free and Reduced meals?
A: Yes, children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals. I you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven't been told your children will get free meals, please call or email Homeless Liaison, 678-947-0274 x 312716; jrife@forsyth.k12.ga.us
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Q: I receive WIC benefits. Do my children qualify for Free and Reduced meals?
A: Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced priced meals. Please fill out an application.
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Q: If I do not qualify may I reapply again during the same school year?
A: Yes. If at anytime during the current school year the monthly income for your family changes or the size of your household changes you may reapply.
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General

Q: I disagree with the schools decision about my benefits, what do I do?
A: You should contact your children's school to find out what their procedures are for disputing the claim.
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Security

Q: How secure is my online application transaction?
A: Highest... 128 bit encryption
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Applications

Q: How long after I apply will the status be determined?
A: The information is forwarded to the school district before your confirmation is sent. Please contact your student's school to determine when the benefits should start.
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Q: Do I need to fill out an application for each child?
A: No. An application can be filled out for all of the students in your household. Please be sure that the application is complete; it can not be approved until it is complete.
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Q: Why have I not received my confirmation e-mail?
A: The most common reason for not receiving your confirmation email is an incorrect email address. Most email addresses are long and not intuitive to type, resulting in possible errors.

Another possible reason is that your Internet Service Provider has mistakenly blocked the confirmation email, confusing it with spam.
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Q: Should I fill out an application if I received a letter this school year stating they qualified for Free and Reduced price meal benefits?
A: No, but please read the letter carefully and follow the instructions contained in the letter. Call 770-888-3473 ext. 202427 if you have questions.
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Q: Will the information I provide in this process be verified?
A: Yes, the information may be verified and you may be asked to send written proof of any or all of the information you provided.
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Q: Do all of the members of my household have to be U.S. citizens to apply for Free and Reduced meal pricing benefits?
A: No. Neither you nor your children have to be U.S. citizens to receive Free and Reduced price meals.
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Q: Who should be included when determining my household size or listing the members of my household?
A: You must include all of the people living in your household, related or not (such as grandparents, other relative, or friends). You must include yourself and all children who live with you.
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Q: What if my income fluctuates and is not always the same amount?
A: List the amount received most often.
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Q: My family is a military dependent family; do we include our housing allowance as income?
A: Military benefits received in cash, such as housing allowances for military households, Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA) and food or clothing allowances, must be considered as income. An in-kind benefit where the household receives no cash is not counted.
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Q: My spouse is deployed to a combat zone. Is her combat pay counted as income?
A: No, if the combat pay is received in addition to her basic pay because of her deployment and it wasn't received before she was deploed, combat pay is not counted as income. Contact your child's school for more information.
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Q: My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?
A: To find out how to apply for SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-800-869-1150 extension 2.
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