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:
|Federal poverty guide-
|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|
|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.