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:
|Household Size||Federal Poverty Guidelines||Reduced-Price Meals - 185%|
|For each add'l family member, add||4,680||8,658||722||361||333||167|
|Household Size||Federal Poverty Guidelines||Free Meals - 130%|
|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.