New Greene Career Center policy gives free meals to students in need

JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF
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JEREMY P. KELLEY / STAFF

Greene County Vocational School District announced a policy that will ease food insecurities for families struggling to afford students’ lunches.

The 2020-2021 program year policy provides free and reduced-priced meals for students unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast.

The center will use the Federal Income Eligibility Guidelines to determine student’s eligibility. The school office, located at 532 Innovation Drive in Xenia, has a copies of the policy for anyone who is interested in the program and information on applying online is distributed to all homes in a letter to parents or guardians.

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Applying to the program is required before students can receive free or reduced-priced meals.

“Households may apply for benefits any time during the school year,” according to the GCCC release. “If a household is not currently eligible and if the household size increases or income decreases because of unemployment or other reasons, the family should contact the school to file a new application.”

In addition, families with children eligible for the school meals program may also be eligible for free health care coverage through Medicaid or Ohio’s Healthy Start and Healthy Families programs, according to the release.

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The policy states that foster children are eligible for free meal benefits regardless of the household’s income.

Families interested in the program can call the career center at 937-372-8283 or 1-800-324-8680 to learn more information or request an application for the free health care program.

“The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose to determine eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program official,” according to the release.