Cordova schools to have subsidized meals

Cordova students will have access to nutritional and subsidized meal at school this year, as the school district is participating in a federal program that balances meals and covers costs.
The National School Lunch Program will be served at Cordova Senior/Junior High School and Mt. Eccles Elementary School.

Some families are also eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals depending on income and aid status. Reduced price meals are available to families making $37,037 for two people to $94,572 for an eight-person household, or 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Free meals are available to families earning $26,026 for two people to $66,456 for an eight-person household, which is 130 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Children who are approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Native Family Assistance Program (NFAP) are automatically eligible to receive free meals after filing an application. Medicaid and Denali Kid Care case numbers do not qualify for eligibility, however.

Students who are homeless or runaways are also automatically eligible and do not need to fill out an application. Foster children receive free meals regardless of the income of the household where they live.

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Families can apply for free or reduced price meals at any time during the school year. Those who are denied free or reduced-price meals will be given an opportunity to appeal the district’s decision.

For more information, or to get an application for the meals, contact Cordova Jr./Sr. High School at 424-3266 or Mt. Eccles Elementary School at 424-3236.