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Henderson County Schools announces its policy for Free and Reduced Price Meals for students under the NATIONAL SCHOOL LUNCH AND BREAKFAST PROGRAMS.

 Household size and income criteria will be used to determine eligibility.  

Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for Free or Reduced Price Meals.  Application forms can be completed on-line at or by calling 270-831-5014 and requesting an application.  To apply for Free or Reduced Price Meals, households must complete the application online or pick up a paper application and return it to 1805 Second Street, Henderson, KY 42420.  Only one application is required for all children in the household.  Additional copies are available at the school cafeteria or the school office, and we encourage everyone to complete the application with the online application tool. The application is also available online at the district website by clicking the Departments tab and selecting Nutrition.


An application cannot be approved unless it contains complete eligibility information:

  • Total household income listed by gross amount received, type of income (e.g., wages, child support, etc.) and how often the income is received by each household member;   
  • Names of all household members;
  • Signature of an adult household member certifying the information provided is correct; and
  • The last four digits of the social security number of the adult signing the application or the word “NONE” for this household member if he or she does not have a social security number.

The information provided on the application will be used for the purpose of determining eligibility and may be verified at any time during the school year. Applications may be submitted at any time during the year.


For the purpose of determining household size, deployed military members are considered a part of the household. Families should include the names of the deployed service members on their application. Report only that portion of the deployed service member’s income made available to them or on their behalf to the family. Additionally, a housing allowance that is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative is not to be included as income.


Once approved, meal benefits are good for the current school year and up to 30 operating days into the next school year. When the carry-over period ends, unless the household is notified that their children are directly certified or the household submits an application that is approved, the children must pay full price for school meals.  Households will not be sent a reminder or notice of expired eligibility.  If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes, the school should be contacted.  Such changes may make the student eligible for reduced price or free meals.


All children in households that receive SNAP or KTAP are eligible for free meals. When known to Henderson County Schools, households will be notified of their children’s eligibility for free meals if they are members of a household that receives SNAP or KTAP benefits. No application is necessary for these households.  All children in these households are eligible for free meal benefits.  If any child(ren) was not listed on the eligibility notice, or if you do not receive a letter, the household should contact Charlotte Baumgartner, Director of Child Nutrition, to have free meal benefits extended to that child(ren).  If the household is not sure if their children have been directly certified, they should contact the Child Nutrition at 270-831-5014.


For households not notified of children’s eligibility for free meals in which any household member receives SNAP or KTAP benefits, an application may be completed to receive free meals.  Households are required to list on the application only the child’s name, SNAP/KTAP case number, and signature of adult household member.  Categorical eligibility for free meals is extended to all children in a household when the application lists an Assistance Program’s case number for any household member.


Foster children are categorically eligible for free meals and will receive benefits based on information submitted on the household application or information received from an appropriate agency.  Foster children may be included as a member of the foster family if the foster family chooses to also apply for benefits for other children.  Including children in foster care as household members may help other children in the household qualify for meal benefits.  If the foster family is not eligible for free or reduced price meal benefits, it does not prevent a foster child from receiving free meal benefits.


Children in households participating in WIC or who reside in households where parents or guardians become unemployed may be eligible for free or reduced price meals. Please fill out an application.


When known, Henderson County Schools will notify households of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is Other Source Categorically Eligible because the child is categorized as homeless, migrant or runaway as defined by law or enrolled in an eligible Head Start, Even Start or pre-kindergarten class as defined in by law.


Households with children who are considered migrants, homeless, or runaway should contact the district liaison, Tom Hurt, at 270-831-5115 for assistance in receiving benefits.  A household application may also be submitted with an indication of their Other Source Categorically Eligibility marked in the relevant box on the application.


Under the provisions of the Free and Reduced Price meal policy, Charlotte Baumgartner, Child Nutrition Director, 1805 Second Street, Henderson, KY 42420, 270-831-5015,, will review applications and determine eligibility.  If a parent or guardian is dissatisfied with the ruling of the official, he or she may wish to discuss the decision with the determining official on an informal basis.  If the parent or guardian wishes to make a formal appeal, he or she may make a request either orally or in writing to Marganna Stanley, 1805 Second Street, Henderson, KY 42420, 270-831-5000.

 In accordance with the Sponsor’s disclosure agreement, the information on the Free and Reduced Price Meal application may be used by the school system in determining eligibility for other educational programs. Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact Henderson County Schools if it chooses to decline the free meal benefits.

USDA Nondiscrimination 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, 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:, 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;










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