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Federal Government Shutdown and Meal Reimbursements

There have been some questions around food service and how it is being affected by the partial shutdown of the Federal Government.  Please read below on how we have been advised by ODE-

 

  • Meal Reimbursements– despite the Government shutdown, ODE will be able to process and pay January, February and March 2019 claims.  Please proceed to submit claims as normal.

 

  •      Eligibility for furloughed federal employees- Households affected by the partial closure of the federal government may apply for National School Lunch and School Breakfast meal benefits.  The income guidelines for free and reduced-price school meals are based on annual income.  These guidelines are broken down further to weekly, bi-weekly, twice a month and monthly level.  Households may apply with the income received in the current month, projected for the month in which application is completed or for the month prior to application.

 

In these unique circumstances, school districts should urge any families who are approved for free or reduced-price meals based on their reduced income during a furlough period to terminate their free/reduced price status should the economic hardship they had anticipated due to the furlough be remedied by a return to work and/or restoration of pay for the furlough period.  In addition, families should be made aware that if they are selected for verification later in the school year, they will be required to produce documentation of actual income for the application month.