Free and Reduced Lunch Info

Families who need free or reduced lunches often struggle with finding the information, let alone taking the step forward to ask for help. Please help share this information!

There’s a lot of information on CDE as well as at the Jeffco Schools website (though you have to look around a lot to find it.)


The following information is provided from CDE:

News Release

Colorado announces 2016-17 free and reduced price meal income guidelines

DENVER –  The Colorado Department of Education is announcing the policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price served in schools under the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and/or the Special Milk Program. (A full list of participating schools in Colorado can be found here.)

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

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.