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State Board of Education releases guidelines for free and reduced price school lunches

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Posted at 2:53 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 16:53:32-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Board of Education and Child Nutrition Programs announced Wednesday qualifications for families wanting to participate in free and reduced price school lunches and free milk programs.

Household size and income determine eligibility for the programs. You can find income eligibility guidelines here.

In addition, families and children currently approved for Food Stamps (SNAP), Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), Family Employment Program (FEP), or some Medicaid programs are eligible for reduced or free meals.

Local Education Authorities can either approve children for free meals through a direct certification process or the household can contact the school and apply for an assistance program.

Applications can be found online or by contacting a school representative. They can be submitted at any time during the school year.

The household must provide the names of all household members, last four digits of the Social Security Number of the adult completing the application or a statement that the person does not possess one, the income received by each household member, and the signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.

Households will be notified of their eligibility for school meal assistance and children will be provided meals unless assistance is declined.