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Hamilton Families Can Apply for Free, Reduced Lunches

Know of someone struggling financially? Here's everything they need to know to get lunch benefits from the Hamilton school District.

Do you know of a family in the  unable to pay the full price for their child's school lunch or milk?

The district recently announced its policy for families in need of some extra help regarding the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program and Special Milk Program. Each school office and the district office have copies of the policy for anyone interested.

Household size and income criteria determine a family's eligibility for the program. Children from families whose annual income is at or below the district's established levels are eligible for free and reduced price meals or free milk.

Income maximum for free lunch or milk

Household Size Income Maximum 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 household member, just add $5,148.

Annual income range for reduced lunch or milk

Household Size Income Range 1 $14,521.01 and $20,665 2 $19,669.01 and $27,991 3 $24,817.01 and $35,317 4 $29,965.01 and $42,643 5 $35,113.01 and $49,969 6 $40,261.01 and $57,295 7 $45,409.01 and $64,621 8 $50,557.01 and $71,947

For each additional household member, add $5,148 to $7,326 to range.

Monthly income maximum for free lunch or milk

Household Size Income Maximum 1 $1,211 2 $1,640 3 $2,069 4 $2,498 5 $2,927 6 $3,356 7 $3,785 8 $4,214

For each additional household member, add $429.

Monthly income range for reduced lunch or milk

Household Size Income Range 1 $1,211.01 and $1,723 2 $1,640.01 and $2,333 3 $2,069.01 and $2,944 4 $2,498.01 and $3,554 5 $2,927.01 and $4,165 6 $3,356.01 and $4,775 7 $3,785.01 and $5,386 8 $4,214.01 and $5,996

For each additional household member, add $429 to $611 to range.

Application forms are being sent to all homes with a notice to parents or guardians. To apply for free or reduced price meals or free milk, households must fill out the application and return it to the school at any time during the year. Additional copies are available in the principal's office in each school. 

If a household member becomes unemployed or if the household size changes and the household income falls at or below the levels shown above, the family should contact the school. Such changes may make households eligible for reduced price meals or free meals or milk, and they may reapply at that time.

In certain cases, foster children are also eligible for these benefits. If a household has foster children and wishes to apply for free or reduced price meals, the household should complete an application for a family of one or contact the school for more information.

For more information, contact Kira Cerroni, Hamilton School District food service manager, at (262) 246-1973 x1142.

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