We have a new online application that immediately is sent to us. The new interactive application is available through your
If you apply the application out in this manner filling out a paper application is not necessary.
Turn in Applications to:
To receive results efficiently please submit all completed applications to the Nutrition Service Department at 7060 Hopkins Road, Mentor, Ohio 44060.
Applications may also be faxed to (440) 255-4707.
If you have any questions please contact Ginni Vaccaro Nutrition Supervisor or Fern Mance at (440) 974-5227.
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Online Meal Application
First and foremost, all information shared on your Free and Reduced Meals Application is confidential. If you think your family might be eligible to receive free or reduced meals, you are encouraged to fill out a Free & Reduced Meals Application. The applications are mailed to all Mentor students’ homes during the latter part of July. They can also be obtained in each school building. An application can be submitted at any time during the school year.
In order for the application to be processed, please make sure you closely follow the directions provided on the application. Here are a few extra tips:
*Make sure ALL household members are listed in Section I.
*Make sure you list each child’s school.
*If you have a SNAP or OWF case #, include it next to each
child’s school name in the boxes provided.
*Make sure the income and the frequency for each household member is included. (Note: bi-weekly means every other week, bi-monthly means twice a month)
*Make sure you mark either Yes or No as to whether or not you agree to have your application information shared with Student Services regarding school fee waivers, and sign and date this section, as well. (More information can be found in the School Fee Waivers section.)
*Make sure you SIGN and PRINT your name; DATE the application, include your ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, and SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER. You do not need to include your social security number if you have listed a SNAP or OWF case number. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A SNAP OR OWF CASE NUMBER, YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY. YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER, IF YOU HAVE ONE, IS REQUIRED BY LAW, AND YOUR APPLICATION CANNOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT IT!!
UPDATE RECORDS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
It is imperative that household information is updated AT YOUR CHILD/REN’S SCHOOL whenever information changes. These changes include, but are not limited to, the following: change of name, change of address, change of household members, and change of telephone numbers (including emergency contact information). This information must be updated regularly at each child’s school so that adequate record-keeping can be maintained. Information that is NOT updated can cause delays in the processing of Free and Reduced Meals Applications. Also, without correct information, important mailings from the district will not reach you.
Children’s eligibility for free or reduced meals is confidential. All student eligibility is programmed into our computer point of sale system. There is no identification that would “show” your child’s eligibility.
INSTRUCTIONAL FEE WAIVERS
School fee waivers will not be considered unless you are approved for Free or Reduced Meals. Parents/guardians must give written permission to the Nutrition Service Department in order to release confidential information for INSTRUCTION FEE WAIVERS. Section 5 of the FREE AND REDUCED MEAL APPLICATION grants this permission. Please complete this section for consideration.
Free and Reduced Price Meals are available to families who believe they may qualify. If your family chooses to apply please complete a "Free and Reduced Meal Price Application Form." The forms can be obtained and returned (completed) to any school office. You will be notified by mail of your child's status. Until notification you must provide your child with a lunch or lunch money.
Only complete one application per family. The information you give will be used to determine or prove your child's eligibility for free or reduced-priced meals. This information may also be used for other state or federally funded school benefits.
Factors considered in the application process are household size and total household income. HOUSEHOLD SIZE is considered all persons, related or unrelated: Including parents, children, grandparents who live in your home and share living expenses. The TOTAL HOUSEHOLD INCOME is the income each household member received last month before taxes - this includes wages, social security, pension, unemployment, welfare, child support, alimony, and any other cash income.
Foster children are categorically eligible for free meal benefits. An application is not needed yet there does need to be documentation of status by a state or local entity familiar with the child's status. Foster children may be included in the household application as part of the household size.