USDA Outlines Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced School Meals

The Pennsylvania Department of Education announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price school meals and free milk for July 2019 – June 2020.

Schools and other institutions and facilities use the guidelines to determine eligibility for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program for Children, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.

“Food insecurity impacts every community across the commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “The free and reduced-price programs help improve the overall health and well-being of students, which ultimately helps them stay focused and engaged and perform better in school.”

Households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) need only include the SNAP or TANF case number on their application. Households enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals and should complete a Household Meal Benefit Application.