Concerned Food Service Director
Directly Certified students of our district affected by this ruling will have to apply for free/reduced meals. Some families will have a hard time filling out the application due to education limitations or no access to the internet. This will cause them to have to turn to the school for help completing the application. As a result some households will go without well needed assistance with school meals. This will also cause an increase in unpaid meal charges since many of these households need the assistance but will not have applied for them. In turn, some parents will not take advantage of available well balanced and nutritious meals for their children because they do not have the money to pay for them.
On a administrative level more district resources will be needed to identify these families and help them get the assistance they so need. Extra district hours will also be needed for processing more applications then we do now.