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School Lunches for 2021-22 School Year

August 02, 2021

School Meals at No Charge for All Students (8/2/21) PDF

SCHOOL MEALS AT NO CHARGE FOR ALL STUDENTS

Effective for the School Year 2021-22, Johnson County Central will serve meals at no charge to enrolled students. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved use of the Seamless Summer Option (SSO), which allows local school districts to provide no-cost meals to all enrolled students for the duration of the 2021-22 school year. 

The new school year requires a new meal application. Although school meals will be provided at no cost to all children, school funding depends on completed meal applications. It is important to submit a complete SY2021-22 meal application as soon as possible. 

• Only one meal application is needed for each household.
• Applications are available online at www.jccentral.org

USDA 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, 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: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the fom1. To request a copy of the complaint fom1, 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 l400 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.


Lunch Letter & Instructions for 2021-22 (English) (PDF) - Application is located here

Lunch Letter & Instructions for 2021-22 (Spanish) (PDF) - Application is located here

Press Release for School Lunches 2021-22 (English) (PDF)

Press Release for School Lunches 2021-22 (Spanish) (PDF)


Johnson County Central School is participating in the USDA’s waiver which allows schools to operate the Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for School Year 2021-2022.

What this means for you:
Your student will receive meals at no cost for the entire 2021-2022 school year.

Please complete the enclosed income eligibility application. Although your student will be receiving meals at no cost, completion of the application is important for the following reasons:
• P-EBT Benefits: Households may be eligible for Pandemic-EBT benefits through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. P-EBT benefits are based in part on eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price meals.
• Fee Waivers and Health Insurance: Student Free and Reduced-Price meal eligibility can be shared with other programs (with parental consent) for the purposes of fee waivers, scholarships, Medicaid and SCHIP.
• School Benefits: Your school receives State and local funding based on the number of students eligible for Free and Reduced-Price meals.

Important: Your student(s) will continue to receive meals at no cost for the 2021-22 school year regardless of the eligibility determination of your household’s SY2021-22 application.

Why should your household verify student eligibility for free/reduced price meals this year since your student(s) is/are currently receiving meals at no cost for the 2021-22 school year?
• If confirmed, your free or reduced-price benefit (based on the meal application you submitted this year) will carryover up to 30 operating days into SY 2022-23.
• P-EBT Benefits: Households may be eligible for Pandemic-EBT benefits through the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. P-EBT benefits are based in part on eligibility for Free and Reduced-Price meals.
• Fee Waivers and Health Insurance: Student Free and Reduced-Price meal eligibility can be shared with other programs (with parental consent) for the purposes of fee waivers, scholarships, Medicaid and SCHIP.
• School Benefits: Your school receives State and local funding based on the number of students eligible for Free and Reduced-Price meals.

Important: All students will continue to receive free meals for the remainder of the 2021-22 school year no matter the outcome of the confirmation of benefits of your household’s SY2021-22 meal application.


Johnson County Central School está participando en la exención del USDA que permite a las escuelas operar la opción Seamless Summer Option (SSO) para el año escolar 2021-2022.

Qué significa esto para usted:
Su estudiante recibirá comidas sin costo durante todo el año escolar 2021-2022.

Complete la solicitud de elegibilidad de ingresos adjunta. Aunque su estudiante recibirá comidas sin costo, completar la solicitud es importante por las siguientes razones:
• Beneficios P-EBT: Los hogares pueden ser elegibles para los beneficios de Pandemic-EBT a través del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Nebraska. Los beneficios de P-EBT se basan en parte en la elegibilidad para recibir comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido.
• Exenciones de cuotas y seguro médico: La elegibilidad para comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido para estudiantes se puede compartir con otros programas (con el consentimiento de los padres) para propósitos de exenciones de cuotas, becas, Medicaid y SCHIP.
• Beneficios escolares: Su escuela recibe fondos estatales y locales basados en la cantidad de estudiantes elegibles para comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido.

Importante: Su (s) estudiante (s) continuarán recibiendo comidas sin costo durante el año escolar 2021-22, independientemente de la determinación de elegibilidad de la solicitud SY2021-22 de su hogar.

¿Por qué su hogar debe verificar la elegibilidad de los estudiantes para recibir comidas gratis oa precio reducido este año, ya que sus estudiantes están recibiendo comidas sin costo para el año escolar 2021-22?
• Si se confirma, su beneficio gratuito o de precio reducido (basado en la solicitud de comida que envió este año) se trasladará hasta 30 días operativos en el año escolar 2022-23.
• Beneficios P-EBT: Los hogares pueden ser elegibles para los beneficios de Pandemic-EBT a través del Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos de Nebraska. Los beneficios de P-EBT se basan en parte en la elegibilidad para recibir comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido.
• Exenciones de cuotas y seguro médico: La elegibilidad para comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido para estudiantes se puede compartir con otros programas (con el consentimiento de los padres) para propósitos de exenciones de cuotas, becas, Medicaid y SCHIP.
• Beneficios escolares: Su escuela recibe fondos estatales y locales basados en la cantidad de estudiantes elegibles para comidas gratuitas o de precio reducido.

Importante: Todos los estudiantes continuarán recibiendo comidas gratis durante el resto del año escolar 2021-22 sin importar el resultado de la confirmación de los beneficios de la solicitud de comidas SY2021-22 de su hogar.

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