Applications now being accepted for 2017-18 reduced-price meals

Grand Junction, CO – The Mesa County Valley School District 51 Nutrition Services Department is announcing the policy for determining the eligibility of children who may receive reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Programs, which reimburse school districts across the U.S. for free and reduced price meals. Local school officials will use the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility:


Family Size                  Yearly Income

1                                      $22,311

2                                      $30,044

3                                      $37,777

4                                      $45,510

5                                      $53,243

6                                      $60,976

7                                      $68,709

8                                      $76,442

For each additional family member, add $7,733.

Families can apply at Only one application is required for all children in one household. The information provided on the application is confidential and will be used only for the purpose of determining eligibility and verifying data.

Children from families whose annual household income does not exceed the levels shown above are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Foster children who are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court and children participating in their school’s Head Start program are all eligible for free school meals. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free school meals as well.

All children in households where residents receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF (also known as Colorado Works) – Basic Cash Assistance or State Diversion), are also eligible for free meals.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the school year. If a family does not currently meet free or reduced-price meal eligibility criteria but becomes eligible at any time, the family can apply for free or reduced-price school meals at that time.

In District 51, breakfasts are served at no cost to both free and reduced-price meal-eligible students. Reduced-price lunches are free to qualifying pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students and 40 cents for eligible middle and high school students.

For more information, parents can find an informational letter about free and reduced-price school meals at – click on the “Parents” tab, then the “Meals” icon, and select the “Free and Reduced” option from the menu on the left side of the page.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.