FCCPS Set Food Policy for 2021-2022 School year

FREE/REDUCED PRICE MEALS

Falls Church City Public Schools today announced its policy for providing meals for children. All schools in the division will be participating in the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) as implemented under the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Enrolled students will be provided a nutritious meal for breakfast and lunch each day, Monday through Friday, at no charge to the household. Households will not be required to submit a meal application in order to receive meals at no charge.

Although school meals will be provided free to all children, school funding and eligibility for other benefits depend on completed meal applications. Other benefits include, but are not limited to, Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT), testing fee waivers, and reduced cost of internet through certain providers. If you have not already turned in an application for the 2021-2022 school year a new meal application must be submitted in order to be eligible to receive other benefits. Only one meal application is needed for each household.  Applications are available online at https://www.fccps.org under the Food Service Department.

Children from households whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines, shown in the chart below, may be eligible for benefits.

Household Size

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

For Each AdditionalFamily Member - ADD

Yearly

$23,828

$32,227

$40,626

$49,025

$57,424

$65,823

$74,222

$82,621

$$8,399

Monthly

$1,986

$2,686

$3,386

$4,086

$4,786

$5,486

$6,186

$6,886

$$700

Weekly

$459

$620

$782

$943

$1,105

$1,266

$1,428

$1,589

$162

PANDEMIC EBT PROGRAM

Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary food benefit available in Virginia to families with children who would have received free or reduced-price meals if schools were open. The program is authorized through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service. The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) are working together to operate the program.

For additional information about meal applications, please see the student handbook or the Falls Church City Public Schools website at https://www.fccps.org/page/food-service

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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, 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 (866) 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: program.intake@usda.gov.

 This institution is an equal opportunity provider.