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Huntsville City Schools announces policy for free, reduced-price meals

Local school officials have determined household size and income criteria in order to determine eligibility.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — Huntsville City Schools has announced its policy for free and reduced-price meals.

According to the district, local school officials have determined household size and income criteria in order to determine eligibility. The criteria for who can receive free or reduced-price meals are as follows:

  • All children in households receiving benefits from Alabama SNAP, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Alabama TANF, are eligible for free meals.
  • Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals.
  • Children participating in their school’s Head Start program are eligible for free meals.
  • Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals. 
  • Children who are directly certified are eligible to receive free meals. 
  • When known to Huntsville City Schools, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals based on their participation (or a household member’s participation) in the: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR); or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), if the State program meets Federal standards.
  • When known to Huntsville City Schools, households will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals based on the individual child’s designation as Other Source Categorically Eligible, as defined by law. Children are determined Other Source Categorically Eligible if they are: Homeless, Migrant, Runaway, A foster child, or Enrolled in Head Start or an eligible pre-kindergarten program (see: SP 40-2013: Q&As Regarding the Participation of Head Start Programs in Child Nutrition Programs.)

Find out more about the policy below:

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