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Valley Tech Announces School Lunch and Breakfast Program Policy

Jul 28, 2020 09:39AM ● By Pamela Johnson
Blackstone Valley Tech has announced its policy for free and reduced-price lunch and breakfast for those students who are unable to pay the full price for meals and snacks under the National School Lunch & Breakfast Program.

Federal income guidelines for the program, including household size and income criteria used to determine eligibility, are available on the school website.
Children from households that meet federal guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meal services. If you received a letter stating that your child(ren) are eligible for free meals via the direct certification process, you do NOT need to complete an application to receive free meal benefits. 
 
If you need to complete an application, the district strongly encourages applying online at www.valleytech.schoollunchapp.com, which is environmentally friendly and fast, with results available within 24 to 48 hours. Please note that you only need to complete one application per household for all children who attend the same school district.
 
If you do not have access to a computer, you can arrange to pick up a paper application from the main office or business office. If you prefer to print a paper application, visit www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/freereducedmeals. Please be aware that paper applications require up to five days to allow for mail delivery and manual processing. Households must answer all applicable questions as incomplete applications cannot be processed.
 
All meals served must meet the meal requirements as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.  If a child has been determined by a doctor to have a disability and the disability would prevent the child from eating the regular school meal (or alternate), BVT staff, in conjunction with doctor recommendations, will make substitutions at no extra charge. Please contact the school for further information if your child needs to make substitutions because of a disability.

The non-discrimination statement explains what to do if you believe you have been treated unfairly. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
fax at (202) 690-7442; or email: [email protected] 

BVT’s application process for free and reduced-price school meals can be completed online at www.valleytech.schoollunchapp.com with additional information available at www.valleytech.k12.ma.us/freereducedmeals.

About Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School (BVT):
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High School serves the towns of Bellingham, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Mendon, Milford, Millbury, Millville, Northbridge, Sutton, Upton, and Uxbridge. Located in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, Blackstone Valley Tech creates a positive learning community that prepares students for personal and professional success in an internationally competitive society through a fusion of rigorous vocational, technical, and academic skills. The school’s website is www.valleytech.k12.ma.us.

 

 

 

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