New income guidelines for free and reduced-price school lunches

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, at 2 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Maine Department of Education on Monday announced new free and reduced-price lunch guidelines for this school year.

A two-parent household with one child would have to earn less than $24,090 annually to qualify for free lunch this year. That is a $280 increase from last year’s requirement.

That same three-person family would have to earn less than $34,281 for reduced-price lunch this year, up from the $33,874 income limit last year.

The limits are based on federal poverty levels.

For a full list of income guidelines, visit

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