MDE announces new income guidelines for free and reduced-school meals

More families will be able to qualify for free and reduced-priced meals with the new household income guidelines established by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). The guidelines will determine eligibility for the 2014-15 school year and will be effective through June 30, 2015.

Families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for free meals and milk at school. Those between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduce-priced meals which can cost no more than 40 cents.

About 70 percent of all students in Michigan K-12 schools were eligible for free or reduced lunches in 2013-14.