Free or Reduced Price Meal Benefits

  • The Kershaw County School District has online applications for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits online through http://kcsd.schoollunchapp.com. Families have to apply for the status each year. Families qualify for the service based on the number of persons in the household compared to income levels.

    The district office (2029 W. DeKalb Street in Camden) has computers available for persons to use to access the free/reduced meal application if needed. Schools will also have some available computers but recommended contacting your local school to find out its schedule of availability for these computers. KCSD schools and the district office are open Mondays through Thursdays from 7:45 a.m. until 5 p.m. this summer. 

FAQ on Meal Benefits Application

  • HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILDREN QUALIFY AS homeless, MIGRANT, OR RUNAWAY?

    Do the members of your household lack a permanent address? Are you staying together in a shelter, hotel, or other temporary housing arrangement? Does your family relocate on a seasonal basis? Are any children living with you who have chosen to leave their prior family or household? If you believe children in your household meet these descriptions and haven’t been told your children will get free meals, please call or e-mail Duane Pate at 803-432-8416 or duane.pate@kcsdschools.net.

    What if I need to fill out the free/reduced meal application?

    After you click “Submit,” you will be able to access the online free/reduced meal application from the Submission Confirmation page.  You can also go directly to www.kcsdschools.net/meals to start an application or to check on the status of your application.

    Do I need to complete an application for each child?

    NO. Use one Free and Reduced Price School Meals Application for all students in your household. We cannot approve an application that is not complete, so be sure to fill out all required information. Applications can only be completed and submitted online at schoollunchapp.com

    SHOULD I FILL OUT AN APPLICATION IF I RECEIVED A LETTER THIS SCHOOL YEAR SAYING MY CHILDREN ARE ALREADY APPROVED FOR FREE MEALS?

    NO, but please read the letter you got carefully and follow the instructions. If any children in your household were missing from your eligibility notification, contact the Office of Nutrition and School Food Service at 803-425-8906 immediately.

    May I apply if someone in my household is not a U.S. citizen?

    You, your children, or other household members do not have to be U.S. citizens to apply for free or reduced-price meals.

    What if my income is not always the same?

    List the amount that you normally For example, if you normally make $1000 each month, but you missed some work last month and only made $900, put down that you made $1000 per month. If you normally get overtime, include it, but do not include it if you only work overtime sometimes.  If you have lost a job or had your hours or wages reduced, use your current income.

    WHAT IF SOME HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS HAVE NO INCOME TO REPORT?

    Household members may not receive some types of income we ask you to report on the application, or may not receive income at all. Whenever this happens, please write a 0 in the field. However, if any income fields are left empty or blank, those will also be counted as zeroes. Please be careful when leaving income fields blank, as we will assume you meant to do so.

    We are in the military. do we REPORT OUR INCOME DIFFERENTLY?

    Your basic pay and cash bonuses must be reported as income. If you get any cash value allowances for off-base housing, food, or clothing, it must also be included as income. However, if your housing is part of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative, do not include your housing allowance as income. Any additional combat pay resulting from deployment is also excluded from income.

    WHAT IF THERE ISN’T ENOUGH SPACE ON THE APPLICATION FOR MY FAMILY?

    Contact nutrition services at 803-432-8416 or email misha.lawyer@kcsdschools.net.

    My family needs more help. Are there other programs we might apply for?

    To find out how to apply for SNAP or other assistance benefits, contact your local assistance office or call the State Hotline at 1-800-616-1309.

    If you have other questions or need help, call Nutrition Services 803-432-8416.

Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act

  • The Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act requires the information on this application. You must include the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application. The last four digits of the social security number is not required when you apply on behalf of a foster child or you list a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) case number or other FDPIR identifier for your child or when you indicate that the adult household member signing the application does not have a social security number. We MAY share your eligibility information with education, health, and nutrition programs to help them evaluate, fund, or determine benefits for their programs, auditors for program reviews, and law enforcement officials to help them look into violations of program rules.

    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, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint filing cust.html, or 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 mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.