ERIC Number: ED371923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
An Evaluation of the Consequences of the Inclusion of Parental Waivers in the Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals.
Puzzuoli, David A.
As a designated service integration state, West Virginia is developing and implementing enhanced services to children in need. One state effort is the development and use of "Multi-Use Application for Free and Reduced Price School Meals." The application includes a parental waiver statement, which, when signed, allows income information to be shared among specific agencies that provide eligible children with entitled services: Medicaid, school textbooks, and instructional supplies. The U.S. Department of Agriculture raised concerns about confidentiality and about whether the multi-use application might inhibit participation in the National School Lunch Program. To address these concerns, interviews and other data collection were undertaken for 600 families who had completed the application in a rural farm county, a rural nonfarm county, and an urban county. Results include the following: (1) there was no significant drop in the number of applications for free and reduced price meals during the study period; (2) opinions of interviewed families did not differ by rural-urban status; (3) 93 percent believed their children received healthy, well-balanced meals; (4) 86 percent signed the waiver of confidentiality; and (5) 98 percent believed the "Other Benefits" section of the application should be continued. Includes the interview guide and response data. (SV)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: West Virginia State Dept. of Education, Charleston.
Identifiers - Location: West Virginia