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Public Release Statement

Public Release Statement: 

We checked the information you sent us to prove that your child is eligible for free or reduced price meals and have decided that: 

___Your child(ren)’s eligibility has not changed.

___Starting 9/30/19, your child(ren)’s eligibility for meals will be changed from reduced price to free because your income is within the free meal eligibility limits. Your child(ren) will receive meals at no cost.

___Starting 9/30/19, your child(ren)’s eligibility for meals will be changed from reduced price to free because your income was verified electronically through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Service’s Virtual Gateway*, and met the guidelines for receiving free meals. Your child(ren) will receive meals at no cost.

___Starting 9/30/19, your child(ren)’s eligibility for meals will be changed from free to reduced price because your income is over the limit.

___Starting 9/30/19, your child(ren)’s eligibility for meals will be changed from free to reduced price because your income was verified electronically through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Service’s Virtual Gateway*, and met the guidelines for receiving reduced price meals.

___Starting 9/30/19, your child(ren) is/are no longer eligible for free or reduced price meals for the following reason(s):

___ Records show that no one in your household received MA SNAP (MA TAFDC) or Medicaid benefits. 

___ Records provided electronically through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Service’s Virtual Gateway* has determined that your income is over the limit.

___ Records show that the child(ren) is/are not homeless, runaway, or migrant.

___ Your income is over the limit for free or reduced price meals.

___ You did not provide: _________________________________________________________________

___ You did not respond to our request. 

* The Virtual Gateway is an internet portal designed by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) to provide the general public, medical providers, community-based organizations, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and EOHHS staff with online access to health and human services, allowing for easy access to critical health and human services programs and information. If you do not agree with the Virtual Gateway eligibility determination, please contact Bethany Lee at 617-278-4143 to request a paper verification package, which will allow you to submit current income information.

If your household income goes down or your household size goes up, you may apply again.  If you were previously denied benefits because no one in the household received MA SNAP, or MA TAFDC benefits, you may reapply based on income eligibility.  If you did not provide proof of current eligibility, you will be asked to do so if you reapply.

Meals are not charged to the household.

If you disagree with this decision, you may discuss it with John Peterson at 617-278-4264.

Free and Reduced Application 19-20

Non-Discrimination Statement: 

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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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: How to File a Complaint, 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:

(1)         mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)         fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.