USDA releases income requirements for free, reduced lunch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has established its income restrictions for families seeking free or reduced-prize meals served at schools and day care programs.

Income guidelines are assessed each year, and the newest ones are valid July 1 of this year through June 30, 2021.

For a family of four, children can qualify for free meals if household income is $34,060 or less per year. If a family of four earns between $34,060.01 and $48,470 per year, children are eligible for reduced-price meals.

Families who are interested should contact their local school, as they often have applications on site. Only one application is needed per household.

Other factors may qualify families for free or reduced lunch. These include families that participate in SNAP or FoodShare, temporary assistance for needy families, some Medicaid programs, among others.


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