Income Guidelines for National Free and Reduced Priced Meals for Schools and the Child and Adult Care Food Program are Announced

Contact: Martin Ackley, Director of Public and Governmental Affairs 517-241-4395
Agency: Education

June 30, 2017

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education has announced the household income guidelines established by the United States Department of Agriculture for free and reduced price meals and free milk through the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs. The income guidelines are effective from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018.

Families should contact their school, school district, child care center, or family day care home sponsor to find out whether it participates in these programs.

Schools, child care centers, adult day care centers, and family day care home sponsors will provide a form for applying for free or reduced price meals. Only one application is required per household. Most participating centers and all participating family child care homes provide meals to all enrolled participants without any separate charge.

Adults, children, or foster children who are recipients of various programs such as Michigan’s Family Independence Program, Food Assistance Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or who are enrolled in Head Start, an At-Risk afterschool center, or an emergency shelter automatically qualify for free meals. Households with incomes less than or equal to the following guidelines qualify for free or reduced price meals or free milk.

Total Family Size

Annual Scale for Free Meals for Free Milk

Monthly for Free Meals for Free Milk

Annual Scale for Reduced Price Meals

Monthly Scale for Reduced Price Meals

 

1

$15,678

$1,307

$22,311

$1,860

 

2

$21,112

$1,760

$30,044

$2,504

 

3

$26,546

$2,213

$37,777

$3,149

 

4

$31,980

$2,665

$45,510

$3,793

 

5

$37,414

$3,118

$53,243

$4,437

 

6

$42,848

$3,571

$60,976

$5,082

 

7

$48,282

$4,024

$68,709

$5,726

 

8

$53,716

$4,477

$76,442

$6,371

For each additional family member add:  $5,434     $453         $7,733      $645
                                                                                                    

An application to a school, child care center, adult day care center, or family day care home sponsor can be approved if it contains complete documentation of household income or documentation of current participation in Michigan’s Family Independence Program, Food Assistance Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations. Information supplied on an application for free or reduced price meals may be verified at any time. An appeal procedure is available for households where applications are denied.

Participating schools, child care centers, adult day care centers, and family day care home sponsors accept applications for free or reduced price meals at any time during the year. A household may qualify for free or reduced price meals due to a temporary loss of income, such as a period of unemployment.

If a doctor has determined that a child or adult has a disability, and the disability would prevent the participant from eating the regular school or center meal, the school or center will make any substitution prescribed by a doctor at no charge. The doctor’s statement, including prescribed diet and/or substitution, must be submitted to the food service department of the school or child or adult care facility.