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Annual changes made to free, reduced meal program

By Annika Prom, Lifestyle Editor

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Annual adjustments have been made to the qualifications to be in the free and reduced-price school meal program, simply known as the Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) program. This year, the maximum household income needed for students to qualify for FRL has increased.

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To be able to apply for FRL, a student’s household must earn $7,733 or less per household member. This standard is effective from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018. Last year, the cutoff income amount was $7,696.

Corresponding values for income limits for FRL are represented in an Income Chart in the application for the program. Under Section 9 of the National School Lunch Act, the federal government is required to adjust the Income Chart according to the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

Families have to reapply for FRL every school year. Qualifying for FRL is similar to other government food support programs such as Basic Food and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamp programs. If the family income has increased or the household size has changed, then a family might not qualify for FRL.

Students who applied for FRL last school year will be valid for receiving those benefits until October 17. By then, they will need to reapply for FRL, which also covers costs for things such as national and Advanced Placement testing.

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Annika Prom, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Annika Prom is the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Hawkeye and a senior at MTHS. She joined the Hawkeye to further explore her love for getting to know people along with the ability to capture that in writing.

She hopes to inspire the Hawkeye staff to realize their full potential so every member can find their niche. She also hopes the publication can work more closely together to produce great work and inform the community of important matters. In her free time, Annika enjoys taking care of plants and is the co-president of the MTHS Eco Club.

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Annual changes made to free, reduced meal program