The Groton Area School District will be participating in the USDA's Seamless Summer Option (SSO) for school lunch and breakfast again during the 2021-2022 school year. This program provided all students, regardless of income eligibility, free meals during the 2020-2021 school year and is continuing through 2021-2022.
This means that all enrolled students, regardless of income eligibility, will continue to receive free school meals. As a program requirement, all households will still receive an application for free and reduced priced meals that may be completed and submitted as normal. Form submission is not required as a condition to receive meal benefits but may help qualifying families with eligibility for other social programs.
Ala carte items such as second portion entrees and extra milk do not qualify under the SSO program and we, therefore, must continue to charge for this. Families are required to maintain sufficient funds in their lunch account for these purchases.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.