Breakfast and Lunch Program Denials in Ohio

Applicants can receive a National School Lunch Program denial in Ohio for several reasons. Fortunately, Ohio residents can start the SBP or NSLP denial appeal process to possibly obtain benefits if an application for the School Breakfast Program or National School Lunch Program is denied. Families must know how to appeal a NSLP denial in OH and how to handle a School Breakfast Program denial to ensure their children receive free or reduced-price meals at school. This article explains the reasons behind a free lunch or School Breakfast Program denial. It also outlines the NSLP and SBP denial appeal process in Ohio to ensure positive outcomes for families and their children.

Why did the Ohio National School Lunch Program deny my Application?

An Ohio National School Lunch Program denial is sent in a letter to applicants. The letter indicates whether the family qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, and also provides reasons for any denial. Most applicants who receive a National School Lunch application denial do not meet the NSLP income eligibility requirements. In these cases, the National School Lunch Program denied the application because the family’s income exceeded the income threshold for the size of the family. While most school lunch application denials are income-related, it is possible for a National School Lunch Program denial to occur because a child is older than 18 years of age and does not have a disability, or the child does not attend an eligible institution.

In rare cases, a National School Lunch Program denial can occur for Ohio families who receive benefits from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or other qualified programs. Benefit recipients who received a National School Lunch application denial letter should contact the appropriate benefits office to ensure any required information and applications are up to date.

Learn about the eligibility requirements for the program and how to apply to the National School Lunch Program successfully by downloading our comprehensive guide.

How to Appeal a NSLP Denial in Ohio

The National School Lunch Program denial letter indicates the reason for the denial. The letter also provides information about how to appeal a NSLP denial, including contact information for filing an appeal. During the NSLP denial appeal process, the applicant can provide additional documentation showing financial need or proving other eligibility. The National School Lunch Program denial might be overturned for the following reasons:

  • The size of the household has grown since the application was filed, and now the household income is within the threshold for the number of family members
  • The family started to receive SNAP, TANF or other qualified benefits and is now categorically eligible for NSLP
  • Income changed since the National School Lunch Program denial was sent, due to unemployment or other financial hardship
  • Child custody arrangements have changed
  • An adult child who is between19 and 21 years of age and has a disability is now in a qualified care situation

If the National School Lunch Program denial is rescinded, then benefits begin immediately for the applicant’s child or children. For more information about eligibility requirements and how to appeal a NSLP denial, download and read the in-depth guide.

How to Appeal a SBP Denial in Ohio

An Ohio School Breakfast Program denial is usually included in a National School Lunch Program denial letter sent by the state. A school breakfast application denial is based on the same criteria. The SBP denial appeal process is also the same as the NSLP denial appeal process and requires the same proof of meeting the eligibility requirements. Applicants who want to appeal a school breakfast application denial in Ohio can bring proof of income, such as bank statements or pay stubs. During the SBP denial appeal process, petitioners might also be asked for proof of child custody arrangements and any benefits received by any member of the family. If the School Breakfast Program denial was due to incomplete information about benefits, then petitioners may be asked to provide the missing information or identification number if part of another assistance program.

How to Appeal a Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) Denial in Ohio

The application for the Summer Food Service Program at summer camps and programs is the same as for the NSLP and SBP. If an applicant received a National School Lunch Program denial earlier in the year and has enrolled his or her child in a summer program or camp, then going through the NSLP denial appeal process can help the applicant’s child obtain summer food benefits. To avoid another school meal application denial, the applicant must first determine whether the summer program or camp is a state sponsor of the SFSP. Then the applicant can start the NSLP denial appeal process and provide proof that circumstances have changed since the original application was filed.

If this is a new application that received a National School Lunch Program denial, then the applicant should review how to appeal a NSLP denial above. If circumstances change during the summer, then the applicant can start the NSLP denial appeal process to start receiving benefits. However, the Summer Food Service Program is typically available to all minors at sites in low-income areas without a need to apply.

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