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The current Income Eligibility Guidelines must be used for the Child Nutrition Programs (CNPs) for determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk and are based on the federal income poverty guidelines by household size. The 2021-2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines can be found here.

The free and reduced income eligibility scales must be used for eligibility determinations and must be included in the public release that must be sent to the local newspaper, the local unemployment office, and to any major employer contemplating large layoffs in the area.

Only the reduced price income eligibility scale may accompany the parent letter and application in those schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast Program.  Including the free income eligibility scale with the parent letter and application will result in the SFA being ineligible to receive free reimbursement.

The free income eligibility scale may not be posted on the school website or printed in any school publication. SFAs in non-compliance would have to reissue the parent letter with the proper scale and application form and verify all reissued applications to receive free reimbursement for the balance of the school year.

Last updated
June 18, 2021

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

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