Shiawassee County Superintendents, along with the Michigan Department of Education, today announced the household income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture 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 July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Families should contact their school, school district, childcare center, or family childcare home, to find out whether they may participate in these programs.

Schools, childcare centers, adult day care centers and family day care home sponsors will provide a form for applying for free or reduced price meals. Only one application is required per household. Most participating centers and all participating family childcare homes provide meals to all enrolled participants without any separate charge.

Adults, children, or foster children who are recipients of various programs such as Michigan’s Family Independence Program, Food Assistance Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or who are enrolled in Head Start, an At-Risk afterschool center, or an emergency shelter automatically qualify for free meals. Households with incomes less than or equal to the following guidelines qualify for free or reduced price meals or free milk.

Income scale for free meals or free milk start at $15,444 or monthly income of $1,287 for a family of one, $20,826 or monthly income $1,736 for a family of two, $26,208 or monthly income of $2,184 for a family of three, $31,590 or monthly income of $2,633 for a family of four, $36,972 or monthly income of $3,081 for a family of five, $42,354 or monthly income of $3,530 for a family of six, $47,749 or monthly income of $3,980 for a family of seven and $53,157 or monthly income of $4,430 for a family of eight. For each additional family member, add $5,408 or $451 for monthly income.

Income scale for reduced priced meals is $21,978 or monthly income of $1,832 for a family of one, $29,637 or monthly income of $2,470 for a family of two, $37,296 or monthly income of $3,108 for a family of three, $44,955 or monthly income of $3,747 for a family of four, $52,614 or monthly income of $4,385 for a family of five, $60, 273 or monthly income of $5,023 for a family of six, $67,951 or monthly income of $5,663 for a family of seven and $75,647 or monthly income of $6,304 for a family of eight. Each additional family member add $7,696 or $642 for monthly income.

An application to a school, childcare 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 supplied on an application for free or reduced price meals may be verified at any time. An appeal procedure is available for households where applications are denied.

Participating schools, childcare centers, adult day care centers and family day care home sponsors 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.

If a doctor has determined that a child or adult has a disability, and the disability would prevent the participant from eating the regular school or center meal, the school or center will make any substitution prescribed by a doctor at no charge. The doctor’s statement, including prescribed diet and/or substitution, must be submitted to the food service department of the school or child or adult care facility.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html online, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

School Districts participating for free and reduced price meals are Byron, Corunna, Durand, Laingsburg, Morrice, New Lothrop, Owosso, Perry, Salem Lutheran School, Shiawassee RESD and

St. Paul School.

Area Schools’ Free and Reduced Prices for Meals was last modified: September 6th, 2016 by Karen Elford