Income Eligibility and Verification
School Meal Programs Eligibility
SY2021 Application Approval and Direct Certification Webinar
This training covers the SY 2020-21 Iowa Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals/Milk, Direct Certification, E-Lookup, and Hawk-i. We show the changes that have taken place for the new year, where to find application materials; plus review the application approval process which includes instructions on how to use ICAVES Web. ICAVES Web is a tool designed to assist LEAs in free and reduced price meal eligibility determination and verification selection.
- Part 1 - Beginning the Process
- Part 2 - Household Size and Income
- Part 3 - Categorical Eligibility, RCCIs, Recordkeeping, Verification, etc.
Income Eligibility Guidelines
The current year School Meal Program Income Eligibility guidelines are for use after July 1 of each school year. The income guidelines are used when determining student’s eligibility.
The current School Meal Programs Eligibility documents are for use after July 1 for the coming school year. Application materials are to be distributed at or near the beginning of the school year. The documents can be accessed and downloaded from IowaCNP under Download Forms.
USDA Applications and Other Household Materials for Limited English Proficient Households
This link will take you to the USDA Applications and other household materials for Limited English Proficient Households. Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has issued prototype materials in English and translated them into 49 languages which are available at the following link. These materials will assist Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) redesign household materials if there is a need.
USDA Eligibility Manual for School Meals
This manual is intended to help State and local education agencies (LEAs) accurately determine, certify, and verify children’s eligibility for free and reduced price meals and milk.
USDA requires School Food Authorities(SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program to verify 3% of the households that have applied for free or reduced price meal benefits.
All SFAs that operate the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program must complete the Verification Collection Report on the IowaCNP system. RCCIs that are exempt from the verification process and SFAs that didn’t have any free or reduced price applications on file October 1 to verify must complete the Verification Collection Report indicting no verification was performed.
This training covers the purpose of verification, who must complete verification and the required timeline. The State Agency provided education on choosing your sampling process and how to determine your required sample size. ICAVES Web verification section is also covered. In addition, the various forms used in the verification process are shown including the household notification form. Highlights of the USDA Verification Collection Report are presented.
For 2020–2021, please view the 2019–2020 version of the webinar as the content did not change except for the dates
This webinar describes how to access the Verification Report on IowaCNP and the steps for completing each section of the report. In addition, instructions are provided on how to submit the report and what to do if you get an error or warning message. This webinar is specifically for Public and Non-public schools. Listening to this webinar is highly recommended for all public/non-public schools.
For 2020-21, please view the 2018-19 version of the webinar as the content did not change except for the dates
This webinar describes how to access the Verification Report on IowaCNP and the steps for completing each section of the report. In addition, instructions are provided on how to submit the report and what to do if you get an error or warning message. This webinar is specifically for Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs). Listening to this webinar is highly recommended for all RCCIs.
Hawk-i is the State's medical insurance program for children. Public LEAs are required to report to hawk-i households who request the information. Nonpublic LEAs and Residential Child Care Institutions (RCCIs) are encouraged to report but are not required to report. The documents can be accessed and downloaded from IowaCNP under Download Forms.