T&E Care School Meal Assistance Program

Tredyffrin/Easttown School District families who have applied for free/reduced assistance for their children and have been denied support may qualify for the T&E Care program to help you cover some of those breakfast and/or lunch costs.

Our program will help put extra money into each qualifying child’s meal account each month during the school year. We guarantee a minimum of $35/month/child to start the program. The expected amounts for 2018/19 are: $35/mo/elementary child, $45/mo/middle school child, and $55/mo/CHS student.  These could change in the future – but that gives you a general idea of the support.

To apply: Families must first apply for free/reduced assistance through the school district and receive an official denial letter. Then they can send in an application to our program (download below, or get it from your child’s counselor). We accept applications from families who make up to 300% of the federal poverty level (the free/reduced limit is 185%). We are willing to discuss short-term assistance for special situations above the 300% limit.

Please note that this program is only for families who:
  1. live in the T/E School District
  2. do not already receive funding through the free and reduced lunch program
  3. have income levels that fall within the guidelines on the application
  4. do not have high negative balances on their children’s point of sale accounts when submitting the application.

More information is available on the downloaded form. If you have a question about the program email us at lunchhelp@tecare.org.

   2018/19 T&E Care School Lunch Application

 

FAQ about the Meal Assistance Program:

How do I qualify?  You must FIRST have applied for and been denied participation in the free/reduced program run through the school district before applying for this program.  Students will be eligible based on household income. The T&E Care program is set to be a transition for families making just “too much money” to qualify for free/reduced assistance.   See income guidelines on application.  To find the application for free/reduced lunch go to the TESD website – www.tesd.net (go to the food/nutrition department link).

 How do I apply for the T&E Care program?  Once denied for free/reduced, then you must complete the confidential application (see link above or receive an application through the food services department upon denial of free/reduced assistance), and give it to a counselor.  The counselor will notify the food services department and have your child’s name added to the list.  This should not take more than a day or two.

Do I have to reapply if my child was in this program last year?  Yes.  And again you must reapply for free/reduced lunch first, then once denied you must reapply for our program.  We do this because sometimes a family’s criteria changes and they actually ARE qualified for free/reduced lunch (which is a better option!)

Is there a deadline?  Applications can be submitted anytime throughout the school year (starting after August 20).

How is income confirmed?  The head of the household must certify with a signature that he/she is in compliance with the income guidelines described on the application. If you need an exception to these criteria – please contact us at lunchhelp@tecare.org.

How will my child(ren) receive the benefit?  A minimum of $35 will be deposited into each eligible child’s point-of-sale account.  These deposits will be made during the first week of each month.  Unless otherwise discussed with the family, (other than school officials) no one will know that your child(ren) receives this benefit.

Could the monthly benefit be more than $35?  It might. It’s anticipated that for the 2018/2019 year the elementary students will get $35/month, middle school students will get $45/month, and CHS students will get $55/month. The amount may vary some, based on the total number of participants and the amount of total funding, but will never be less than $35/month. (An exception is made in June when less than the full amount may be paid).

Can the money be used for breakfast or lunch?  The money is put into your child’s account to use as he/she wishes.

Where should the application be submitted?  Applications should be given to your child’s counselor, who will notify you if your application is approved.  If you have more than one child (and/or more than one counselor) – just choose any one of the counselors.  (One application per household.)

Why must I first apply to the free/reduced school program before applying for the T&E Care program?  If you can qualify for the free/reduced program, it offers you better assistance for your child’s meals, plus additional options for assistance for your child at school (dental assistance, field trip waivers, etc.).   If you can qualify for that program – it is better for your child(ren).

What is the source of funding for this programMost of the funding comes from donations from community members who recognize the importance of healthy meals for all children.  When such donations are made they go directly to the general fund for T&E Care, not to specific individual children.

 Who will know that my child is getting this assistance?  The food service department will know, your child’s counselor and principal will know, and a couple of T&E Care folks who have to process the payments will know.  That’s it, unless you tell people.  We totally understand the need for privacy in this type of request.

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