DoDEA HQ Office of Communications

4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400

The DoDEA Communications Office initiates and manages DoDEA's communications and outreach efforts worldwide. The office coordinates press relations, internal information programs and communication with students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the public.

The HQ Communications Office:

Issues news releases and media advisories about DoDEA initiatives, employees and programs Produces video and television promotional and informational products marketed worldwide Maintains the DoDEA web site Designs printed promotional and informational material and graphic artwork to accompany publications, promotions and initiatives

For Immediate Release — September 3, 2009 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3260
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3265

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — September 3, 2009 — As the 2009-2010 School Year begins, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) wants families of children attending its schools in the Pacific and Europe to be aware of adjustments published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Student Meals. The new eligibility rates for free and reduced-price meals apply to the period covering July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010.

DODEA encourages families with students in its schools in the Pacific and Europe to apply for free and reduced-price student meals. Applicants in the program may continue to use the Alaska Income Eligibility Guidelines below:

ALASKA - DoDDS* INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINE
[Effective from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010]
Household Size Federal Poverty Guidelines Reduced-Price Meals - 185%
Annual Annual Monthly Twice
Per Month
Every
Two Weeks
Weekly
1 13,530 25,031 2,086 1,043 963 482
2 18,210 33,689 2,808 1,404 1,296 648
3 22,890 42,347 3,529 1,765 1,629 815
4 27,570 51,005 4,251 2,126 1,962 981
5 32,250 59,663 4,972 2,486 2,295 1,148
6 36,930 68,321 5,694 2,847 2,628 1,314
7 41,610 76,979 6,415 3,208 2,961 1,481
8 46,290 85,637 7,137 3,569 3,294 1,647
For each add'l family member, add 4,680 8,658 722 361 333 167
Household Size Federal Poverty Guidelines Free Meals - 130%
Annual Annual Monthly Twice
Per Month
Every
Two Weeks
Weekly
1 13,530 17,589 1,466 733 677 339
2 18,210 23,673 1,973 987 911 456
3 22,890 29,757 2,480 1,240 1,145 573
4 27,570 35,841 2,987 1,494 1,379 690
5 32,250 41,925 3,494 1,747 1,613 807
6 36,930 48,009 4,001 2,001 1,847 924
7 41,610 54,093 4,508 2,254 2,081 1,041
8 46,290 60,177 5,015 2,508 2,315 1,158
For each add'l family member, add 4,680 6,084 507 254 234 117

Families may apply for free or reduced-price meals any time during the school year as their qualifying factors change. A family not eligible at the beginning of the school year may reapply if there has been a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or unemployment.

The Student Meal Program is designed to meet federal requirements for nutritionally balanced meals and to offer free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast (where available) to eligible children.

Families can apply for eligibility to participate in the free and reduced-price Student Meal Program by completing an application available at their installation. Families should check with their local school or the installation commander's office to obtain the enrollment forms.

Information concerning the DoDEA Student Meal Program is available on the DoDEA web site at www.dodea.edu. Click on the "Support Offices" link, and then click on the "Logistics" link.