Free Meals and Other Benefits



Children need healthy meals to learn. Millis Public Schools offers healthy meals every school day. In School Year 2022-2023, all students will receive free breakfast and lunch at school.  The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has provided money to do this for one year through the State budget.

It is important that you fill out this application even though school meals are free this year. You may qualify for FREE transportation, as well as other student fees such as athletic fees and field trips. Also, if many families fill out and return this form, we will receive more money from the federal government for free school meals now and in the future. We will also receive more money for other school programs. Filling out this form helps our community provide free summer meals to all kids, and free meals to kids in childcare. The information you provide is confidential.  We follow strict federal rules to keep your information private. 

In addition, if you are not receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and have been approved for free or reduced-price school meals, you may be eligible for SNAP which provides monthly financial assistance to purchase groceries to Massachusetts residents who qualify. Find out if you are eligible for SNAP today by calling Project Bread's FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333 and a counselor can help you apply over the phone. You can also apply on your own online at DTA Connect: https://dtaconnect.eohhs.mass.gov/apply


Frequently Asked Questions

DO I NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION FOR EACH CHILD?
No. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Return the completed application to: Shaileen Volpe, 245 Plain Street, Millis, MA 02054

SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?
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 Shaileen Volpe, [email protected], 508-906-3618  immediately.

MY CHILD’S APPLICATION WAS APPROVED LAST YEAR.  DO I NEED TO FILL OUT A NEW ONE?
Yes.  Your child’s application is only good for that school year and for the first few days of this school year.  You must send in a new application unless the school told you that your child is eligible for the new school year.  

MAY I APPLY IF SOMEONE IN MY HOUSEHOLD IS NOT A U.S. CITIZEN?
Yes. You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced price meals.

WHO QUALIFIES FOR FREE OR REDUCED PRICE MEALS
This year, all students in our schools will get free breakfast and lunch at school.  But only some students qualify as “eligible” for free meals.  If a student is deemed “eligible” base on the application, they will receive other free benefits such as free Transportation, athletic fees and field trips to name a few:

  • All children in households receiving benefits from MA SNAP, MA TAFDC, FDPIR, or specific categories of Medicaid 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 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 thi
 Federal Eligibility Income Chart for School Year 2022-2023
 Household Size  Yearly  Monthly Weekly 
 1 $25,142 $2,096 $484
 2 $33,874  $2,823 $652
 3  $42,606 $3,551 $820
 4  $51,338 $4,279 $988
 5  $60,070 $5,006 $1,156
 6  $68,802 $5,734 $1,324
 7  $77,534 $6,462 $1,492
 8  $86,266 $7,189 $1,659
 Each additional person  + $8,732 + $728 + $168

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS HOMELESS, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?
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 email Nealy Urquhart at [email protected].


I RECEIVE WIC.  CAN MY CHILDREN GET FREE MEALS?
Children in households participating in WIC may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.  Please send in a completed application.


WILL THE INFORMATION I GIVE BE CHECKED?
Yes. We may ask you to send written proof of the household income you report. 


IF I DON’T QUALIFY NOW, MAY I APPLY LATER?
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.


WHAT IF I DISAGREE WITH THE SCHOOL'S DECISION ABOUT MY APPLICATION?
You should talk to school officials. You also may ask for a hearing by calling or writing to: Shaileen Volpe, 245 Plain Street, Millis, MA 02054, [email protected], 508-376-7000.


WHAT IF MY INCOME IS NOT ALWAYS THE SAME?
List the amount that you normally receive. For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 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.


WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?
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.


WE ARE IN THE MILITARY. DO WE REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?
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, or receive Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance payments, it must also be included as income. If your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income. 


WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?
List any additional household members on a separate piece of paper and attach it to your application or contact Shaileen Volpe, [email protected], 508-376-7000 to receive a second application.


MY FAMILY NEEDS MORE HELP. ARE THERE OTHER PROGRAMS WE MIGHT APPLY FOR?
To find out how to apply for MA SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call the MA SNAP Hotline at 1-866-950-3663

If you have other questions or need help, please call Free and Reduced Benefit Coordinator Shaileen Volpe at 508-376-7000.

The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You do not have to give the information, but if you do not submit all needed information, we cannot approve your child for free or reduced price meals. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the primary wage earner or other adult household member who signs the application. The social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We will use your information to determine if your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals, and for administration and enforcement of the lunch and breakfast programs.
We may share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

 

 

 

 

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