Michigan Sets 2019-20 Income Guides for Free and Reduced-price Meals


Guidelines based on family size, total household income

New income eligibility guidelines have been announced for free and reduced-price school meals and free milk for the 2019-20 school year.

The National School Lunch, School Breakfast, Special Milk, and Child and Adult Care Food Programs administers the free or reduced-price meals, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

Income guidelines are based on family size and annual or monthly income through June 30, 2020. Households with total income less than or equal to the guidelines quality for free or reduced-price meals or free milk:

Total Family   Annual scale  Monthly scale            Annual scale               Monthly scale

size                 free meals      free meals                  reduced price            reduced price

                        or free milk    or free milk                meals                          meals

1                      $16,237          $1,354                        $23,107                      $1,926

2                      $21,983          $1,832                        $31,284                      $2,607

3                      $27,729          $2,311                        $39,641                      $3,289

4                      $33,475          $2,790                        $47,638                      $3,970

5                      $39,221          $3,269                        $55,815                      $4,652

6                      $44,967          $3,748                        $63,992                      $5,333

7                      $50,713          $4,227                        $72,169                      $6,015

8                      $56,459          $4,705                        $80,346                      $6,696

*each additional 

member add  $5,746            $479                           $8,177                        $682


Families should contact their school, school district, child care or family day care sponsor to find out if it participates in these U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded programs, which the state Department of Education administers in Michigan.

Adults, children or foster children who participate in Michigan’s Family Independence, Food Assistance or Food Distribution program on American Indian reservations automatically qualify, as do those enrolled in Head Start, an at-risk after-school center or an emergency shelter.

To be approved, an application must contain documentation of household income or proof of participation in the aforementioned programs on American Indian reservations. The department will verify the information, and an appeal process is available for households that are denied participation.



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