A child from a family of four will be entitled to a free lunch and/or breakfast and additional free milk at school this fall if the family income is below $8,110, according to a recent announcement by the Maryland State Department of Education.
A child from the same sized family will pay a reduced cost of 10 cents for lunch and 5 cents for breakfast if the family income is between $8,110 and $12,660.
In determining eligibility, the policy for free and reduced price meals and free milk for school children also takes into consideration unusual expenses for medical bills, shelter, special education expense, casually losses by the family or unemployment of family members.
Application forms and letters to parents will be sent to all families with children at the beginning of the coming school year. Information on the forms is to be confidential. Parents who are dissatisfied with the ruling on their children may appeal the decision according to procedures outlined in the policy statement.
The income scale is as follows for those eligible for free meals and milk: family of one, income at or below $4,190; family of two, $5,500; three, $6,810; four, $8,110; five, $9,310; six, $10,510; seven, $11,600; eight, $12,690; nine, $13,680; 10, $14,550; 11, $15,640; 12, $16,610. For each additional family member, add $970 to the income limit.
Children would be eligible for reduced price meals if family incomes fell between the following limits: A family of one, $4,190 to $6,530; family of two, $5,500 to $8,580; three, $6,810 to $10,630; four, $8,110 to $12,660; five, $9,310 to $14,530; six, $10,510 to $16,440; seven, $11,600 to $18,100; eight, $12,690 to $19,790; nine, $13,690 to $21,330; 10, $14,660 to $22,870; 11, $15,640 to $24,390; 12, $16,610 to $25,910. For each additional family member, add $1,520 to the income limit.