Colorado Department of Education announces 2016-17 free and reduced-price lunch income guidelines


AURORA | The Colorado Department of Education on Tuesday, July 12, released the 2016-17 income guidelines for families with children who may qualify to receive free or reduced-price lunch, breakfast and milk sold at local schools.

A household of four people must make no more than $31,590 a year to qualify for the free meals, and no more than $44,955 to qualify for meals at a reduced price, according to CDE. Qualification guidelines increase by $5,408 per additional family member in the household for free lunch, and $7,696 for reduced-price lunch.

Potential applicants can find the necessary paperwork at their local school. Applications can be filled out at any time throughout the school year as situations change, according to CDE.

Locally, 29 percent of the nearly 54,000 students enrolled in the Cherry Creek School District qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, according to the CCSD website. In Aurora Public Schools, 71 percent of the district’s roughly 39,000 students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.