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School Nutrition Department- Nourishing the innovative leaders of tomorrow

Welcome to the School Nutrition Department website. We look forward to the opportunity to feed the students of Reading nutritious and delicious meals. Please feel free to contact us at the School Nutrition Office, located within the Reading Memorial High School, at any time at 781-942-9134.

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School Nutrition Department Contact Information

Edra Santos
RMHS Cafeteria Manager
Phone
(781) 670-2864
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Charlene McManus
Wood End Elementary School Cafeteria Manager
Phone
(781) 942-5420 ext. 139
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Roberta Ferrari
Joshua Eaton Elementary School Manager
Phone
(781) 942-9161 ext. 133
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Laura O'Brien
Killam Elementary School Manager
Phone
(781) 944-7831 ext. 3
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Cindy Goodwin
Birch Meadow Cafeteria Manager
Phone
(781) 944-2335 ext. 130
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Dianne Ferguson
Barrows Elementary School Manager
Phone
(781) 942-9166 ext. 1117
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Suzanne Joos
Parker Middle School Cafeteria Manager
Phone
(781) 944-1236 ext. 373
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Hilary McCarthy
Coolidge Middle School Cafeteria Manager
Phone
(781) 942-9158 ext. 1420
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Karleen Sayman
School Nutrition Site Coordinator
Phone
(781) 670-2861
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Jerri Donahue
School Nutrition Secretary
Phone
(781) 942-9134 ext. 2
Fax
(781) 942-9141
Kristin F Morello
School Nutrition Director
Phone
(781) 942-9134 ext. 1
Fax
(781) 942-9141

Reading Public Schools – Nutrition Department

PUBLIC RELEASE

The Reading Public Schools is happy to announce its policy for determining free meals and reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch Program.  Free and Reduced Meal Benefits are available to qualifying families.  Applications for Free and Reduced Price Meals are available on the school website at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/departments/food-services/ as well as in the main office at any of the schools.  You may apply for Free and Reduced Price Meals at any time during the school year.  Your children may qualify for Free or Reduced Price Meals if your household income falls within the limits on the chart below.  The Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 are as follows: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/08/2018-09679/child-nutrition-programs-income-eligibility-guidelines

HOUSEHOLD SIZE

ANNUAL

MONTHLY

TWICE PER MONTH

EVERY TWO WEEKS

WEEKLY

Free

Reduced Price

Free

Reduced Price

Free

Reduced Price

Free

Reduced Price

Free

Reduced Price

1

$15,782

22,459

1316

1872

658

936

607

864

304

432

2

21,398

30,451

1784

2538

892

1,269

823

1,172

412

586

3

27,014

38,443

2252

3,204

1,126

1,602

1,039

1,479

520

740

4

32,630

46,435

2,720

3,870

1,360

1,935

1,255

1,786

628

893

5

38,246

54,427

3,188

4,536

1,594

2,268

1,471

2,094

736

1,047

6

43,862

62,419

3,656

5,202

1,828

2,601

1,687

2,401

844

1,201

7

49,478

70,411

4,124

5,868

2,062

2,934

1,903

2,709

952

1,355

8

55,094

78,403

4,592

6,534

2,296

3,267

2,119

3,016

1,060

1,508

For each additional household member

Add:

5,616

7,992

468

666

234

333

216

308

108

154

If anyone in your household participates in any of the following assistance programs, your children are eligible for free school meals: The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or MA SNAP, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or MA TANF, or The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)

Households receiving any of these benefits are only required to provide the recipient's name, their Agency ID, TANF or FDPIR number, student name(s) and adult signature when submitting an application.

 For up to 30 operating days into the new school year, eligibility from the previous year will continue.  When the carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified their children are directly certified* or the household submits an application that is approved, the children must pay full price for school meals. 

*No application is required is required if the district directly certifies a child through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Service's Virtual Gateway as receiving MA SNAP, MA TAFDC, Medicaid or is a foster child.  This electronic match process is required by Federal Regulation.  (The Virtual Gateway is an internet portal designed by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services to provide the general public, medical providers, community-based organizations and EOHHS staff with online access to health and human services). All children in these households are eligible for free meal benefits.  If you receive a notice of Direct Certification for your child to receive free school meals and there are other children in your household that are not listed, you may contact Kristin Morello at 781.942.9134 to have the benefit extended to them. Households notified of their children's eligibility must contact Kristin Morello at 781.942.9134or submit in writing if they want to decline the free meal benefits.

Students who are homeless, migrant, runaway or enrolled in an eligible Head Start or pre-kindergarten class are also eligible for benefits.

If children or households receive benefits under Assistance Programs or Other Source Categorically Eligible Programs and are not notified by the school of their free meal benefits, the parent or guardian should contact Kristin Morello at 781.942.9134.

Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court, are categorically eligible for free meals.  A foster child may be included as a member of foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits.  If a foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits, it does not prevent the foster child from receiving free meal benefits.  Note however, that a foster child's free eligibility does not automatically extend to all students in the household.

Application forms for all other households must list the names of all household members, all household income with the amount, source and frequency of the income received by each household member.  An adult signature is required along with the last 4 digits of the adult's Social Security Number or the box checked that applicant does not have a Social Security Number.  Completed applications should be submitted to School Nutrition Office, 62 Oakland Road, Reading, MA 01867.  Under the provisions of the policy for determining eligibility for free and reduced-price meals, the Food Service Director, will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent is dissatisfied with the ruling of the determining official, he/she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis by calling 781.942.9134.  If he/she wishes to make a formal appeal, a request either orally or in writing may be made to:  Dr. John Doherty, Superintendent, Reading Public Schools, 82 Oakland Road, Reading, MA 01867.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes at any time, the family can file a new application.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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                        (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or  (3)         email: program.intake@usda.gov.

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights                                                                                                                                                             1400 Independence Avenue SW                                                                                                                                                                                         Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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