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June 11, 2013

Free, reduced meals eligibility

The Iowa Department of Education, Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price of meals served under the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and the Afterschool Care Snack Program. State and Local school officials have adopted the following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility effective July 1.

Household size and income for free meals:

1). Yearly 14,937, Monthly 1,245, Twice a Month 623, Every 2 Weeks 575, Weekly 288; 2). Yearly 20,163, Monthly 1,681, Twice a Month 841, Every 2 Weeks 776, Weekly 388; 3). Yearly 25,389, Monthly 2,116, Twice a Month 1,058, Every 2 Weeks 977, Weekly 489; 4). Yearly 30,615, Monthly 2,552, Twice a Month 1,276, Every 2 Weeks 1,178, Weekly 589; 5). Yearly 35,841, Monthly 2,987, Twice a Month 1,494, Every 2 Weeks 1,379, Weekly 690; 6). Yearly 41,067, Monthly 3,423, Twice a Month 1,712, Every 2 Weeks 1,580, Weekly 790; 7). Yearly 46,293, Monthly 3,858, Twice a Month 1,929, Every 2 Weeks 1,781, Weekly891; 8) Yearly 51,519, Monthly 4,294, Twice a Month 2,147, Every 2 Weeks 1,982, Weekly 991; For each additional family member add: Yearly 5,226, Monthly 436, Twice a Month 216, Every 2 Weeks 201, Weekly 101.

Household size and income for reduced price meal:

1). Yearly 21,257, Monthly 1,772, Twice a Month 886, Every 2 Weeks 818, Weekly 409; 2). Yearly 28,894, Monthly 2,392, Twice a Month 1,196, Every 2 Weeks 1,104, Weekly 552; 3). Yearly 36,131, Monthly 3,011, Twice a Month 1,506, Every 2 Weeks 1,390, Weekly 695; 4). Yearly 43,568, Monthly 3,631, Twice a Month 1,816, Every 2 Weeks 1,676, Weekly 838; 5). Yearly 51,005, Monthly 4,251, Twice a Month 2,126, Every 2 Weeks 1,962, Weekly 981; 6). Yearly 58,442, Monthly 4,871, Twice a Month 2,436, Every 2 Weeks 2,248, Weekly 1,124; 7). Yearly 65,879, Monthly 5,490, Twice a Month 2,745, Every 2 Weeks 2,534, Weekly 1,267; 8). Yearly 73,316, Monthly 6,110, Twice a Month 3,055, Every 2 Weeks 2,820, Weekly 1,410; For each additional family member add Yearly 7,437, Monthly 620, Twice a Month 310, Every 2 Weeks 287, Weekly 144.

Households may apply for free or reduced price meal benefits one of four ways as listed below.

1. Households whose income is at or below the levels shown are eligible for reduced price meals or for free meals. Households may complete one application listing all children and return it to your child’s school.

2. Food Assistance households and children receiving benefits under the Family Investment Program are eligible for free meals. Most children from Food Assistance and FIP households will be qualified for free meals automatically. These households will receive a letter from their children’s schools notifying them of their benefits. Households that receive a letter from that school need to do nothing more for their children to receive free meals.

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