Peabody Public Schools is pleased to announce our participation in the National School Lunch Program. Meals will be available to all children at our following schools: Veterans Memorial High, Higgins Middle, Brown Elementary, Burke Elementary, Carroll Elementary, Center Elementary, McCarthy Elementary, South Elementary, Welch Elementary and West Elementary. Meals meet nutritional standards set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Our schools will participate in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

If your income is less than or equal to the State Free and Reduced guidelines you are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. These guidelines are effective July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015. If you have children who are approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) they are automatically able to receive free meals. Students who are migrant, homeless, or runaway are automatically eligible and do not need to fill out an application. Foster Children receive free meals regardless of the income of the household with which they reside.

For more information, or to get an application for free or reduced-price school meals, contact us at: Judi Pitrowski 21 Johnson Street Peabody, MA 01960, 978-536-6535. We can’t approve your application unless it’s complete. The information you give us on your application may be checked. You may apply for free or reduced price meals at any time during the school year if your situation changes. If you become unemployed, your child(ren) may be able to have free or reduced priced meals based on your unemployment income. If we deny your free or reduced price meals application, we will give you a chance to appeal the decision. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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