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Guidelines for free school meals listed

Middlesex County Public Schools has announced its policy for providing free or reduced price meals for children served under the National School Lunch, and/or School Breakfast Programs. Each school and/or central office has a copy of the policy, which may be reviewed by any interested party.

Children who are members of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) or who receive Temporary Assistance For Needy Families (TANF) may be automatically eligible for free meals. 

Children who are homeless, migrant, or runaway may also be automatically eligible for free meals. 

Foster children, who are the legal responsibility of a welfare agency or court, may be eligible for benefits regardless of the income of the household with whom they reside. Eligibility for the foster child is based on the child’s income. 

Children who are members of households participating in WIC may also be eligible for free or reduced-price meals based on the household’s income. 

Following are the participation guidelines:

  • Household size—1, maximum household income for free meals $14,079; household income for reduced price meals $14,079.01-$20,036.
  • Household size—2, maximum household income for free meals $18,941; household income for reduced price meals $18,941.01-$26,955.
  • Household size—3, maximum household income for free meals $23,803; household income for reduced price meals $23,803.01-$33,874.
  • Household size—4, maximum household income for free meals $28,665; household income for reduced price meals $28,665.01-$40,793.
  • Household size—5, maximum household income for free meals $33,527; household income for reduced price meals $33,527.01-$47,712.
  • Household size—6, maximum household income for free meals $38,389; household income for reduced price meals $38,389.01-$54,631.
  • Household size—7, maximum household income for free meals $43,251; household income for reduced price meals $43,251.01-$61,550.
  • Household size—8, maximum household income for free meals $48,113; household income for reduced price meals $48,113.01-$68,469.

Application forms are being distributed to all households with a letter informing households of the availability of free or reduced price meals for their children. Applications are also available at the principal’s office in each school and at the central office. 

To apply for free or reduced price meals, households must only fill out one application per household and return it to the school division. Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. The information households provide on the application will be used for determining eligibility and verification of data. Applications may be verified at any time during the school year by school or other program officials. 

Call 758-2277 for more information.

posted 09.02.2009

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