The Michigan Department of Education (MDE ) has announced the household income guidelines established by the USDA 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.

Participating schools will provide a form for applying for free or reduced price meals. Only one application is required per household. Most participating schools provide meals to all enrolled participants without any separate charge.

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 outlining qualifying family size and income can be found here.

Participating schools will 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.

See the complete news release from MDE by clicking here.