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News Release - Colorado announces 2017-18 free and reduced price meal income guidelines

July 5, 2017

Colorado announces 2017-18 free and reduced price meal income guidelines

DENVER - The Colorado Department of Education is announcing the policy for free and reduced price meals for children unable to pay the full price served in schools under the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and/or the Special Milk Program. View a full list of participating schools in Colorado (PDF).

Local school officials will use the following household family size and income criteria for determining eligibility for free or reduced price meals:

Household Size

Free Guidelines (Yearly)

Reduced Guidelines (Yearly)




















$48, 282





For each additional family member add:



Applications for free and reduced price school meals, instructions and an informational letter to households are available at local schools and/or districts office. Only one application is required for all children in the household. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. Families who are not eligible now but have a decrease in income, become unemployed, have an increase in family size, or become eligible for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) benefits or Temporary Assistance for Need Family (TANF, also known as Colorado Works, Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion) benefits or become categorically eligible, may fill out an application at that time.

The institution is an equal opportunity provider.

For more information, please visit the Colorado Department of Education's Nutrition Office's website about the Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program.