Harrisburg, PA - The Pennsylvania Department of Education today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently released federal income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price school meals and free milk for July 2019 – June 2020.
Schools, and other institutions and facilities, use the guidelines to determine eligibility for the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program, the Special Milk Program for Children, the Child and Adult Care Food Program, and the Summer Food Service Program.
“Food insecurity impacts every community across the commonwealth,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “The free and reduced-price programs help improve the overall health and well-being of students, which ultimately helps them stay focused and engaged and perform better in school.”
Households receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) need only include the SNAP or TANF case number on their application. Households enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) may qualify for free or reduced-price school meals and should complete a Household Meal Benefit Application.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter 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;
(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
The following annual income eligibility guidelines are effective July 1, 2019, until further notice:
Family Size Free Meals or Milk Reduced Price Meals Not Eligible
(130% of Poverty (185% of Poverty
One $0 to $16,237 $16,238 to $23,107 $23,108 and up
Two $0 to $21,983 $21,984 to $31,284 $31,285 and up
Three $0 to $27,729 $27,730 to $39,461 $39,462 and up
Four $0 to $33,475 $33,476 to $47,638 $47,639 and up
Five $0 to $39,221 $39,222 to $55,815 $55,816 and up
Six $0 to $44,967 $44,968 to $63,992 $63,993 and up
Seven $0 to $50,713 $50,714 to $72,169 $72,170 and up
Eight $0 to $56,459 $56,460 to $80,346 $80,347 and up
For Each Additional
Add: +$5,746 +$8,177 +$8,178
SOURCE: Pennsylvania Department of Education
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