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My kids are going to a school that is collecting data and funds from the national Free and Reduced Lunch program; however, the school states that it is not participating in the program.  They are encouraging all parents to fill out forms regarding the program and stated that even if qualified that this would not mean that your child would receive a reduction in the school lunch cost as they do not participate.  They stated that this was just a method of getting funds into the school.

 

My question is, it is legal to collect these funds for free and reduced lunches and not participate in the program or pass the cost reduction on to the students who qualify for a discounted or free lunch?

 

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My kids are going to a school that is collecting data and funds from the national Free and Reduced Lunch program; however, the school states that it is not participating in the program.

 

What is the difference between "collecting data and funds from" and "participating"?

 

 

 

My question is, it is legal to collect these funds for free and reduced lunches and not participate in the program or pass the cost reduction on to the students who qualify for a discounted or free lunch?

 

The chances that someone with intimate knowledge of the program in question will happen upon your post are fairly slim.  Assuming this is the program you're talking about, you can read about it here:  http://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/national-school-lunch-program-nslp.

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So, what has been the experience with YOUR children?  Are they getting reduced or free lunches and are you in favor of that?  Exactly who was it that stated that this does not mean a reduction would be received?  If you have concerns, you need to bring them to the school board or to your local congressman.  I admit that what you were told would cause suspicion if no further clarification was provided.

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TX89456123,

 

Thank you for the post. Misappropriating, or acquiring federal funds via fraud is a very serious allegation.  However, there may be legal reasons for them obtaining the money and using it in another way allotted for and in-line with the funding criteria.

 

Have you posed these questions to and administrator?

 

Is it that you want the children in the school to receive the free lunches?

 

Take a look at this article:

 

No Child Left Behind

 

-The FindLaw.com Team

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 This situation totally smells a fraudulent activity. 

 That,

1. If the school is getting the money for reduced lunch facility then it should provide it to the qualified persons.

2. And if the school is not doing so, then where this money is going?

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Many years in education here, including K-12 schools. Many states use the already created federal forms to establish poverty levels and hence, state funding, separate and apart from whether or not they opt in/out of the school lunch program. The forms serve multiple purposes and are used for a variety of funding sources and mechanisms. It would be exceedingly difficult for a school to opt in to the NSLP, collect the funds, then deny free and reduced meals. There are many audits which take place and reports required. The USDA doesn't just cut a huge check and hope schools comply. And yes, schools systems can opt out of the federal program, and roughly 1% do. If you need assistance with the cost of meals, check with your district. Even if not the federal program, there may be a local one.

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