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Free, reduced-price lunches offered

Households of four with annual incomes below $23,530 may be eligible to receive free meals at schools, the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools Office announced this week.

Parents and guardians of schoolchildren in western Nevada County should receive applications with letters informing them of the income guidelines for free or reduced-price lunches.

For school officials to determine eligibility for free and reduced price benefits, households receiving food stamps, CalWORKS or FDPIR benefits only have to list their child’s name and food stamp, CalWORKS or FDPIR numbers. An adult household member must sign the application.



Others must list the names of all household members, the amount and source of the income received by each, and the Social Security numbers of each adult who signs the application.

The School Food Authority determines whether families are eligible. Forms are available in principals’ and school district offices.




A household of two with an income below $15,522 a year may qualify for a free lunch; households of two with an income below $22,089 may qualify for reduced-price meals.

For a household of three, the eligible annual income is $19,526 for free meals and $27,787 for reduced price.

A household of four with an income below $33,485 may qualify for a reduced-price meal.

Other income levels for a free meal are:

• $27,534 or below for a five-member household;

• $31,538 or below for a six-member household;

• $35,542 or below for a seven-member household;

• $39,546 or below for an eight-member household.

For each additional household member, add $4,004 in annual income to determine eligibility.

Other income levels for a reduced-price meal are:

• $39,183 or below for a five-member household;

• $44,881 or below for a six-member household;

• $50,579 or below for a seven-member household;

• $56,277 for an eight-member household.

Add $5,698 for each additional household member to determine the income threshold.


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