DoDEA HQ Office of Communications

4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350-1400

The DoDEA Communications Office initiates and manages DoDEA's communications and outreach efforts worldwide. The office coordinates press relations, internal information programs and communication with students, parents, teachers, school administrators and the public.

The HQ Communications Office:

Issues news releases and media advisories about DoDEA initiatives, employees and programs Produces video and television promotional and informational products marketed worldwide Maintains the DoDEA web site Designs printed promotional and informational material and graphic artwork to accompany publications, promotions and initiatives

For Immediate Release — September 2, 2008 | HQ
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3260
: DoDEA Educational Communications Officer | (703) 588-3265

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA — September 2, 2008 — As the 2008-2009 School year beings, the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) wants families of children attending Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) in Europe and the Pacific to be aware of recent adjustments published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to the Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced-Price Student Meals. The new eligibility rates for free and reduced-price meals apply to the period covering July 1, 2008 through June 30, 2009.

Participants in the Free and Reduced-Price Student Meal Program in DoDDS-Europe and the Pacific may continue to use the Alaska Income Eligibility Guidelines below:

ALASKA-DoDDS*
INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES
[Effective from July 1, 2008 to June 30, 2009]
House-
hold Size
Federal poverty guide-
lines
Reduced-Price Meals – 185% Free Meals – 130%
Annual Annual Monthly Twice per month Every two weeks Weekly Annual Monthly Twice per month Every two weeks Weekly
1 13,000 24,050 2,005 1,003 925 463 16,900 1,409 705 650 325
2 17,500 32,375 2,698 1,349 1,246 623 22,750 1,896 948 875 438
3 22,000 40,700 3,392 1,696 1,566 783 28,600 2,384 1,192 1,100 550
4 26,500 49,025 4,086 2,043 1,886 943 34,450 2,871 1,436 1,325 663
5 31,000 57,350 4,780 2,390 2,206 1,103 40,300 3,359 1,680 1,550 775
6 35,500 65,675 5,473 2,737 2,526 1,263 46,150 3,846 1,923 1,775 888
7 40,000 74,000 6,167 3,084 2,847 1,424 52,000 4,334 2,167 2,000 1,000
8 44,500 82,325 6,861 3,431 3,167 1,584 57,850 4,821 2,411 2,225 1,113
For each add'l family member, add 4,500 8,325 694 347 321 161 5,850 488 244 225 113

*Does not include Guam or Puerto Rico

Families may apply for free or reduced-price meals any time during the school year as their qualifying factors change. A family not eligible at the beginning of the school year may reapply if there has been a decrease in household income, an increase in household size, or unemployment.The Student Meal Program is designed to meet federal requirements for nutritionally balanced meals and to offer free or reduced-price lunch and breakfast (where available) to eligible children.

Families can apply for eligibility to participate in the free and reduced-price Student Meal Program by completing an application available at their installation. Installation commanders operate and maintain the program by providing instructions on how to apply for the program; determining eligibility of applicants and maintaining and updating a list of students enrolled in the program.

Information concerning the DoDEA Student Meal Program is available on the DoDEA web site. Click on the "Support Offices" link, and then click on the "Logistics" link.