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I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
IF I DON'T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
CAN I APPLY ONLINE?
HOW DO I OBTAIN A PAPER APPLICATION?
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT OR RUNAWAY?
Contacts:
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WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL'S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
MY CHILD'S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?
MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
FULL, REDUCED & AFTER SCHOOL SNACK MEALS - The meals available and the prices charged are as follows:
How secure is my online application transaction?
WHAT IF THERE ISN'T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?
DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?
Why have I not received my confirmation e-mail?
SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?
WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?
WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
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Q: I GET WIC. CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
A: Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please send in an application.
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Q: IF I DON'T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
A: Yes, you may apply at any time during the school year. For example, children with a parent or guardian who becomes unemployed may become eligible for free and reduced price meals if the household income drops below the income limit.
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Q: CAN I APPLY ONLINE?
A: Yes. You are encouraged to complete an online application instead of a paper application if you are able. The online application has the same requirements and will ask you for the same information as the paper application. Visit www.kckps.org to begin or TO learn more about the online application process. Contact: JoAnn Kitchens, 2112 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66104, 913-627-3900, jo.kitchens@kckps.org if you have any questions about the online application.
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Q: HOW DO I OBTAIN A PAPER APPLICATION?
A: To obtain a paper application please contact Nutritional Services Office at 913-627-3900. Paper applications may be picked up at 2112 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66104 or at your child(ren)'s school.
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Q: HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT OR RUNAWAY?
A: Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven't been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Kansas City Kansas Public School, contacts below:
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Q: Contacts:
A: Homeless Liaison - Kerry Wrenick, 913-279-2150, kerry.wrenick@kckps.org, or Migrant Liaison - Rosie Rodriguez, 913-279-2247, rosie.rodriguez@kckps.org.
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Q: Translation Information:
A: For translated materials, go to www.kn-eat.org , School Nutrition Programs>Administration, Foreign Language Translation.
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General

Q: WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL'S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
A: You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Dr. Kelli Mather, 2010 N. 59th Street, Kansas City, KS 66104, 913-279-2231, KELLI.MATHER@kckps.org
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Q: MY CHILD'S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR. DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?
A: Yes. Your child's application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year, through 9/23/2016 . You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year. If you do not send in a new application that is approved by the school or you have not been notified that your child is eligible for free meals, your child will be charged the full price for meals.
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Q: MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
A: To find out how to apply for Food Assistance (FA) or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call 1-888-369-4777.
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Q: FULL, REDUCED & AFTER SCHOOL SNACK MEALS - The meals available and the prices charged are as follows:
A: Full Price Meals - Breakfast Level Elementary $0.00, Middle $1.25, High School $1.25. Lunch Level Elementary $0.00, Middle $2.10, High School $2.10. Reduced Price Meals - Breakfast Level Elementary $.00, Middle $.30, High School $.30. Lunch Level Elementary $.00, Middle $.40, High School $.40. After School Snack Elementary $0.00, Middle $0.00, High School $0.00.
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Security

Q: How secure is my online application transaction?
A: Highest... 128 bit encryption
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Applications

Q: WHAT IF THERE ISN'T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?
A: List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper, and attach it to your application. Contact: JoAnn Kitchens, 2112 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66104, 913-627-3900, jo.kitchens@kckps.org to receive a second application.
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Q: DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?
A: No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We can not approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: JoAnn Kitchens, Address: 2112 N 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66104. Phone: 913-627-3900.
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Q: Why have I not received my confirmation e-mail?
A: The most common reason for not receiving your confirmation email is an incorrect email address. Most email addresses are long and not intuitive to type, resulting in possible errors.

Another possible reason is that your Internet Service Provider has mistakenly blocked the confirmation email, confusing it with spam.
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Q: SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
A: No, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact JoAnn Kitchens, 2112 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS 66104, 913-627-3900, jo.kitchens@kckps.org immediately.
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Q: WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
A: Yes. We may also ask you to send written proof of the household income you report.
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Q: MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
A: Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.
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Q: WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?
A: Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.
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Q: WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
A: List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if your normally make $1,000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1,000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes. If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.
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Q: WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?
A: Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.
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Q: WHO CAN GET FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS?
A: All children in households receiving benefits from Food Assistance (FA), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance for Families (TAF) 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/Even Start program are eligible for free meals. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals. continued below
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A: Children may receive free or reduced price meals if your household's income is within the limits on the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines. Your children may qualify for free or reduced price meals if your household income falls at or below the limits on this chart.
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