Greenville County School District today announced its policy for free and reduced price meals for children served in schools under the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program.  Local school officials have adopted the following household size and income criteria for determining eligibility:

Household Size and Income Guidelines for Free Meals or Reduced Price Meals Effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018

Household size


Federal Poverty Guidelines     Free meals – 130%       (2) Reduced price meals – 185% Twice per month Every two weeks Weekly
Annual Annual Monthly Twice per month Every two weeks Weekly Annual 916 846 423
1…………………… 12,060 15,678 1,307 654 603 302 22,311 1,235 1,140 570
2…………………… 16,240 21,112 1,760 880 812 406 30,044 1,554 1,435 718
3…………………… 20,420 26,546 2,213 1,107 1,021 511 37,777 1,874 1,730 865
4…………………… 24,600 31,980 2,665 1,333 1,230 615 45,510 2,193 2,024 1,012
5…………………… 28,780 37,414 3,118 1,559 1,439 720 53,243 2,512 2,319 1,160
6…………………… 32,960 42,848 3,571 1,786 1,648 824 60,976 2,832 2,614 1,307
7…………………… 37,140 48,282 4,024 2,012 1,857 929 68,709 3,152 2,910 1,455
8…………………… 41,320 53,716 4,477 2,239 2,066 1,033 76,442 321 296 148


Children from families whose income is at or below the levels shown may be eligible for free or reduced price meals.

For school officials to determine eligibility, the household must provide the following information on the application:  (1) A SNAP or TANF case number certifying the household is currently eligible for either of these assistance programs and an adult household member signature or (2) names of all household members, the name and last four digits of the social security number of the adult household member signing the application form, current income by source for each household member and a signature of an adult household member certifying that the information provided is correct.

Foster children may also be eligible for these benefits regardless of household income.  If a household has foster children living with them and the household has not previously been notified by the School District that their foster children have been directly certified for free meals, the household should include and count the foster children (including personal income earned by the foster children) on the household application form with other non-foster children.

Under the provisions of the policy, Bonnie Hogue, Free and Reduced Project Manager will review applications and determine eligibility. Parents or guardians dissatisfied with the ruling of the reviewing official may wish to discuss the decision with the reviewer on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Joe Urban, Director of Food and Nutrition Services whose address is: 100 Blassingame Road, Greenville, SC 29605 for a hearing to appeal the decision.  The hearing procedures are outlined in the policy.

If a household member becomes unemployed or if household size changes, the household should contact the school to file a meal application.  Such changes may make the children of the household eligible for free or reduced price meals if the household income falls at or below the levels shown above. A complete copy of the policy is on file in each school and in the office of the District Superintendent where any interested party may review it.

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Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

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