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2016-2017 Free and Reduced Price Meal Guidelines

2016-2017 Free and Reduced Price Meal Guidelines

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

Income guidelines for 2016-17 have been set for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price for meals served in schools under the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and/or the Special Milk Program.

Local school officials will use household family size and income criteria to determine eligibility.

Applications, instructions and an informational letter to households are available at local schools and/or districts 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.


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