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FLORENCE — Florence Unified School District will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program. Anthem, Circle Cross Ranch, Copper Basin, Florence, Magma Ranch, San Tan Heights, Skyline Ranch and Walker Butte K-8 schools; Florence High School, Poston Butte High School, San Tan Foothills High School; and Mountain Vista Academy will offer healthy meals every school day.

Breakfast will cost $1.45 for K-8 students and $1.80 for high school students; lunch will cost $2.65 for K-8 students and $3 for high school students. Some children will qualify for free meals. The district has chosen to waive the fee for “reduced-price” meals and make them free.

Qualifications for children to receive free meals include:

  • the child belongs to a household whose income is at or below the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines;
  • the child belongs to a household that receives public assistance;
  • the child is homeless, migrant, runaway or foster

Household size and income criteria are used to determine eligibility for free and reduced-price benefits if the household does not receive assistance or the children are not in the other categories mentioned above. Children can get free or reduced-price meals if the household’s gross income falls at or below the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guideline chart.

To apply for free meals, households should fill out the application and return it to the school, unless the household has already received notification that their children are approved for free meals this year. Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free meals for their children and what is required to complete on the application. Applications also are available at the cafeterias and front office at each school. Online, at fusdaz.com, select “meals” (the milk carton) and then meal applications.

Only one application is required for all children in the household, and the information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by the school or other program officials. An application for free or reduced-price benefits cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information as indicated on the application and instructions.

Families can apply for benefits at any time. If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size increases, the household should contact the school. Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for benefits if the household’s income falls at or below federal guidelines. Contact Sheaba Granillo at any time to request an application.

For more information, contact Sheaba Granillo at 520-866-3531 or sgranillo@fusdaz.org.

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