July 1, 2021

Income Guidelines for National Free and Reduced Priced Meals

Michigan Department of Education Press Release LANSING – The Michigan Department of Education has 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 from now through June 30, 2022.

Families should contact their school, school district, childcare center, or family day care home sponsor to find out whether it participates 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. For School Year (SY) 2021-2022, schools participating in the seamless summer option (SSO) will offer all meals free. Most participating centers and all participating family childcare homes will provide meals to all enrolled children without a 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.

Read more at Income Guidelines for National Free and Reduced Priced Meals for Schools and the Child and Adult Care Food Program are Announced.