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Minimum income raised for school free or reduced meals

Published On: Aug 19 2013 02:58:39 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 19 2013 03:06:34 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. -

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) raised the minimum income families must meet for students to receive free or reduced-price lunches.

According to a release from the DPI, children from a family of four with an annual income of $30,615 or less will qualify for free or reduced meals. That number is an increase of over $1,500 from the 2012-13 school year.

For the 2013-14 school year, families making between $30,615 and $43,568. That amount is also up from last year by $2,220.

According to the release, schools usually provide applications during school registration.

DPI said 43.2% of public school students were eligible for free or reduced lunches last year making the 2012-13 school year the ninth year in a row in which DPI saw an increase in eligibility.

If parents or guardians want to check if they qualify for free or reduced lunches can find out at the DPI website, here

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