Free/Reduced Lunch and Fee Waiver Application Process

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Dear OLCHS Families,
 
Child nutrition programs have been essential throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring students continue to get the nutrition they need. OLCHS understands the coming school year will be a significant transition for families as we return to pre-pandemic meal programs with paid, free, and reduced-priced eligibilities for students.
 
Schools had federal flexibilities during COVID so they could serve all students free meals. Some of those options expired, OLCHS can no longer serve all meals free anymore. Instead, families will do what they did before COVID. OLCHS will take applications and use family household income to qualify students for Free Meals (Free Breakfast and Free Lunch), Reduced-price Meals (Breakfast: $0.30 and Lunch: $0.40) or Paid Meals (Breakfast: $3.50 and Lunch $4.25).
 
The 2022-2023 Free/Reduced Lunch and Fee Waiver Applications are available online through our Skyward Family Access.  To access your account, go to our website at www.olchs.org and scroll down the page until you see a series of black banners.  Click the Skyward Family Access banner, which is the first one on the left side.  After logging in to your account, click on the Food Service Tab in the left column of your Skyward Family Access home screen.  To view directions on how to access your application, click on Food Service Application Process.  When completing your application, be sure to include all members in your household, any earned and unearned income and case number if you’re receiving SNAP or TANF benefits.
 
Schools are also facing the same challenges many grocery stores and other places are having with getting all the food and supplies they need. When this happens, school nutrition professionals are doing everything they can to serve healthy meals to your child. Sometimes that means needing to swap out some foods for others because some foods are easier to get. Please be patient with the school nutrition professionals striving to serve our kids. They are committed to making sure our kids get the healthy meals they depend on.
 
School meals must meet strong nutrition standards, and we are continuing to work hard to serve students the nutritious, delicious meals they need to learn and grow.
 
Questions regarding the school’s cafeteria program, free/reduced lunches, or fee waivers can be directed to Amy Hughes at 708/741-5607 or ahughes@olchs.org.
 
Joseph McCurdy
Assistant Superintendent/CSBO

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In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.
 
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To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:
  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
 
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