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Oregon Releases New Guidelines for Free and Reduced School Meals

The Oregon Department of Education has released their 2018-19 income guidelines for students to receive free and reduced school lunches. This year, students who qualify for reduced-price meals will get them for free.

Posted: Aug 21, 2018 5:27 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2018 5:27 PM

SALEM, Ore. — For families that need a little assistance, Oregon provides free and reduced-price meals to public school students. But this year, like every other year, the income requirements for those programs has changed somewhat, according to the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

Under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs (or Special Milk Program, which some schools offer instead of the others), qualifying students receive meals or milk for free or no more than 40 cents.

This year, however, Oregon lawmakers eliminated the charge for reduced-price breakfast and lunch—meaning that breakfast and lunch will be provided for reduced-price students at no charge.

Nonetheless, ODE has provided the income requirements for both levels of the program.

Household Income Guidelines

Participants may qualify for free meals if the household income falls at or below the limits on this chart:

Participants may qualify for reduced price meals if the household income falls at or below the limits on this chart:

Families who receive the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), or the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) are automatically eligible for free meals and should receive a letter from their school letting them know that they are eligible.

Schools will also accept the DHS notice/certification letter from students as proof of eligibility for free meals or milk. No other application or verification of eligibility is required for students directly certified.

When known, the household will be notified of any child’s eligibility for free meals if the individual child is receiving educational support through migrant education, homeless or runaway education, Head Start or is in foster care.

Households notified of their children’s eligibility must contact the school if the household chooses to decline the free meal benefits.

Households not directly certified may complete a confidential application for free or reduced price meals or free milk. An official at the school will review the confidential application and determine eligibility. Children in eligible households may receive meal benefits regardless of immigration status. Applications may be submitted anytime during the year. Information provided on an application may be verified at any time during the school year. An application cannot be approved unless it contains the following information:

 • A SNAP or TANF case number for each child or an indication that the household is receiving FDPIR and the signature of an adult household member, or

 • The names of all household members, the amount and source of income received by each household member in the prior month, the signature of an adult household member and the last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member who signs the application (or a statement that the person has no social security number).

The application for free and reduced-price meals is available HERE.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 394569

Reported Deaths: 5243
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Washington42359405
Marion40153516
Clackamas33040387
Lane30428361
Jackson25105363
Deschutes23795189
Umatilla15144184
Linn14859183
Douglas13523293
Josephine10278247
Yamhill9840143
Klamath9112149
Polk8325102
Benton615338
Malheur593292
Coos5768109
Columbia438056
Jefferson424366
Lincoln365852
Crook343057
Union340756
Wasco318646
Clatsop263635
Baker221833
Tillamook218046
Hood River216537
Morrow197825
Curry193939
Harney121333
Grant109116
Lake105617
Wallowa76313
Sherman1933
Gilliam1854
Wheeler1141
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California Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 5107717

Reported Deaths: 74800
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Los Angeles153472027244
San Diego4091824350
Riverside3892365381
San Bernardino3762805983
Orange3352965756
Sacramento1690952452
Kern1582701828
Fresno1574692270
Santa Clara1528571928
Alameda1256281512
San Joaquin1080791835
Ventura1043091192
Contra Costa1042181056
Stanislaus919641429
Tulare867391100
San Francisco57141674
San Mateo56585631
Monterey52842626
Solano47828360
Santa Barbara47523555
Merced45309671
Sonoma43349414
Placer42458473
Imperial38932776
Kings35370367
San Luis Obispo31667360
Madera26388311
Shasta26221461
Butte25608318
Santa Cruz22402224
Yolo21722261
Marin18587249
El Dorado18448168
Sutter14646186
Napa13446106
Yuba1079891
Tehama10316131
Humboldt10294119
Nevada10112105
Mendocino864999
Lassen797656
San Benito787979
Tuolumne778491
Lake7057113
Amador580067
Siskiyou479657
Glenn458536
Calaveras445788
Del Norte377942
Colusa328321
Inyo257346
Plumas19577
Mono19034
Mariposa162218
Trinity100717
Modoc7936
Sierra2190
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