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UPDATED: Guidelines for Free or Reduced Lunch at Trenton Public Schools

Michigan families with an annual income of $14,521 or less qualify for free or reduced lunch, according to the Michigan Department of Education.

The Michigan Department of Education released Wednesday the annual household income guidelines for free or reduced lunch and free milk for Michigan families -- including those in the .

The guidelines were established by the United States Department of Agriculture and apply to school districts throughout Michigan.

About 27 percent of students in Trenton Public Schools receive free or reduced lunch, which makes up about 680 students at all grade levels.

The income guidelines are effective from July 1, 2012, through June 30, 2013.

Here are the scales for free meals or free milk and reduced price meals provided by the Michigan Department of Education:

Free Meals or Free Milk

Total Family Size Annual Income 1

$14,521

2

$19,669

3

$24,817

4

$29,965

5

$35,113

6

$40,261

7

$45,409

8

$50,557

*For each additional family member add $5,148.

Reduced Price Meals

Total Family Size Annual Income 1

$20,665

2

$27,991

3

$35,317

4

$42,643

5

$49,969

6

$57,295

7

$64,621

8

$71,947

* For each additional family member add $7,326.

For more information contact the Trenton Public Schools Board of Education 734-676-8600.

Nate Stemen August 21, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Do you think the annual income guidelines are too low, too high or just right?
Stephanie Keffer August 21, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I'd say the reduced lunch one when I was in school almost all my friends would qualify. But the free lunch seems really low. I'm just glad the service is offered might be the only hot meal they get all day.
michelle August 21, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Wow, the guidelines seem fine to me but I just can't believe how many qualify. Really shows how bad things still are. :-(
sine-of-the-times August 21, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Reminder: these numbers are also correlated to test scores, and achievement, which shows you the task that teachers and staff (and all of us really) have in beating poverty and succeeding in educating these kids. I wonder if you could also post if this was an increase from previous years?
Jennie Haner August 22, 2012 at 01:09 PM
"Michigan families with an annual income of $14,521 or less qualify for free or reduced lunch, according to the Michigan Department of Education."--from the heading of this article. This is a grossly inaccurate statement. That is the income limit for a family of 1 (!) for FREE lunch. Of course people are going to think that's too low! Even with a family of just one parent and a child the limits for free/reduced are $19669-27991 but if they receive ANY public assistance they are automatically eligible. And the limits for a family of 4 are $29965 for free and $42643 for reduced. That seems completely fair.

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