2018 Free and Reduced Lunch Rates Announced

CDE sent out a press release announcing the updated free and reduced lunch rates. We’ll post that information below but while we’re at it, we’re going to offer just a bit more information for comparison – the rates that we also published in July 2017 and July 2016. We are grateful to see that Colorado has again made slight progress but still believe that NO child, no matter the financial circumstances, should ever be hungry and we are so grateful for this program.

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Local school officials will use the following household family size and income criteria for determining eligibility for free or reduced price meals for 2018/2019:

Household Size   Free Guidelines   Reduced Guidelines
    Yearly   Yearly
1 $15,782 $22,459
2 $21,398 $30,451
3 $27,014 $38,443
4 $32,630 $46,435
5 $38,246 $54,427
6 $43,862 $62,419
7 $49,478 $70,411
8 $55,094 $78,403
For each additional family member add: $5,616 $7,992

 

For comparison, below is the information from 2017 so you can see that Colorado has made a little progress with the 2018 schedule:
 

Household Size   Free Guidelines   Reduced Guidelines
    Yearly   Yearly
1 $15,678 $22,311
2 $21,112 $30,044
3 $26,546 $37,777
4 $31,980 $45,510
5 $37,414 $52,243
6 $42,848 $60,976
7 $48,282 $68,709
8 $53,716 $76,442
For each additional family member add: $5,434 $7,733

 

For comparison, below is the information from 2016 so you can see that Colorado has made a little progress with the 2017 and 2018 schedule:

http://www.supportjeffcokids.org/free-and-reduced-lunch-info/

Household Size   Free Guidelines   Reduced Guidelines
    Yearly   Yearly
1 $15,444 $21,978
2 $20,826 $29,637
3 $26,208 $37,296
4 $31,590 $44,955
5 $36,972 $52,614
6 $42,354 $60,273
7 $47,749 $67,951
8 $53,157 $75,647
For each additional family member add: $5,408 $7,696

Applications for free and reduced price school meals, instructions and an informational letter to households are available at your local school and/or district office. Only one application is required for all children in the household. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data. 

Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year.  If you are not eligible now but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or become eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Need Family (TANF, also known as Colorado Works, Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion) benefits or become categorically eligible, you may fill out an application at that time.

The institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information, please visit the Colorado Department of Education’s Nutrition Office’s website about the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program.

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