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New State Guidelines Set for Free or Reduced Lunch

Michigan families with an annual income of $14,521 or less qualify for free or reduced lunch, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

The Michigan Department of Education has released its latest household income guidelines for free or reduced lunch and free milk for Michigan families – including those in the Dearborn Public Schools district.

In Dearborn, .

The guidelines were established by the United States Department of Agriculture and apply to school districts throughout Michigan.

The income guidelines are effective from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.

Here are the scales for free meals or free milk and reduced price meals provided by the Michigan Department of Education:

Free Meals or Free Milk

Total Family Size Annual Income 1

$14,521

2

$19,669

3

$24,817

4

$29,965

5

$35,113

6

$40,261

7

$45,409

8

$50,557

*For each additional family member add $5,148.

Reduced Price Meals

Total Family Size Annual Income 1

$20,665

2

$27,991

3

$35,317

4

$42,643

5

$49,969

6

$57,295

7

$64,621

8

$71,947

* For each additional family member add $7,326.

Participating schools, child 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 child care homes provide meals to all enrolled participants without any separate charge.

Children or foster children who are recipients of Michigan’s Family Independence Program, Food Assistance Program, or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations, or who are enrolled in Head Start, Even Start, an At-Risk afterschool center, or an emergency shelter automatically qualify for free meals.

For more information on eligibility and enrollment in Dearborn Public Schools, call the Business Services Department at 313-827-3018.

nino August 23, 2012 at 07:41 PM
maybe we should not talk about the free food that government is providing to kids, needy or not, maybe we should talk about the money the parents would save to use when their kids go to college. With the college tuition getting higher every year, our government should be ashamed. Look at canada where everything almost free, medical and education. Colleges cost for NON RESIDENTS 30% less then what a U.S, resident pay for college. Every family who have kids, wealthy or not , would get monthly allocation for the kids. Maybe we should see this as the bigger problem not the free school lunch that the government has the money to pay for.
Nickel September 04, 2012 at 10:41 AM
forget the income guidelines to determine if one is eligible for free or reduced lunch. If the family can afford to have a cell phone plan, a membership at the gym, cable TV or any other perk, then they are not eligible for a free lunch. Look in the east end of Dearborn, practically every house has a television dish. REALLY? If these families can afford perks, then pay for your kids meals too. Based on the number of kids on free or reduced lunch, Dearborn has to be one of the poorest cities around. Our house values should be dropping dramatically.
Charles L Walls September 04, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Yes...maybe mayor O'Reilly and the other minority activists should work harder to secure even more federal assistance for low income people. That way we can attract more of them to Dearborn so that our property values can get down to the point where we hardly have to pay any property taxes at all! Then the city can sponge off the federal govt for 100% of its income, and we can truly compete with Detroit for blight housing.
Nickel September 05, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Agree Charles. Well said
Tanda October 04, 2012 at 04:47 AM
I agree! I do not receive any assistance from the government (because I make too much money) which is bs, after paying $2.35 a day for lunch for my child, the person getting the free or reduced lunch AND a bridge card is living better than me!

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