Free School Lunch Program Could See More Illinois Families As USDA Increases Income Amount

Illinois — More families in Illinois could be eligible for free and reduced school lunches this year according to this Illinois News Network article. The United States Department of Agriculture, which runs the school lunch program, is increasing the amount of money people can make to qualify for free and reduced lunch.

A family of four can now make up to $32,630 a year and get a free lunch, whereas a family of four can make $46,435 and qualify for a reduced price lunch.

Illinois State Board of Education’s Roxanne Ramage said everyone who is eligible should apply.

All Freeport School District students have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at school each day at no cost, thanks to the district being accepted to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a four-year alternative program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture that is available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

The program allows district 145 schools to provide one reimbursable breakfast and one reimbursable lunch each day for ALL students enrolled in the Freeport School District at no charge.

You can read the full report here.

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