Notice to Households Approval of Benefits

    Beginning this school year, all students enrolled in OCSD4 may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them because our district will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision program for the 2015-2016 school year.
    Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.  All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.  Families will not have to fill out meal applications.  The meal must be a USDA compliant meal and extra sale (a la carte) items, second lunches and/or breakfasts, and extra menu items are not covered under this program and will have to be paid for at time of purchase.
    Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals.  Please encourage students to participate in the school meal programs.
    If you disagree with this decision, you may discuss it with Angela Robinson, School Nutrition Director, at (803)534-8081. You also have the right to a fair hearing. If you request a hearing, your children will continue to receive free  meals until the decision of the hearing official is made. You may request a hearing by calling or writing to: 
    Larry Wolfe
    OCSD4 Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Planning
    P.O. Box 68, Cope, SC 29038
     OCSD4 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, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, 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 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;
    (2)        fax: (202) 690-7442; or 
    (3)        email: program.intake@usda.gov.
    This institution is an equal opportunity provider.