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2013-14 Income Eligibility Guidelines for SNP

Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin
Purpose: Policy, Action Required, Beneficial Information
To: All School Nutrition Program Sponsors Number USDA-SNP-15-2013
Attention: Food Service Directors
Business Officials
Date: April 2013
Subject: 2013–14 Income Eligibility Guidelines for School Nutrition Programs
Reference: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Federal Register, Volume 78, Number 61 (Friday, March 29, 2013)

This Management Bulletin (MB) provides School Nutrition Program (SNP) sponsors the 2013–14 Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEG) for the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, and State Meal Program; and provides information regarding the requirements for calculating household income(s). The IEG scale is effective July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2014, and is located at the California Department of Education Rates, Eligibility Scales, and Funding Web page at

Calculation Methods

When a household submits a Free and Reduced-Price Meal Application providing income sources with more than one frequency (for example, one household member receives income once a month and another household member receives income every two weeks) the SNP sponsor must annualize all income by multiplying:

  • Weekly income by 52
  • Bi-weekly income (received every two weeks) by 26
  • Semi-monthly income (received twice a month) by 24
  • Monthly income by 12

Note: Sponsors may not round the values resulting from each conversion; instead, they should add all of the un-rounded converted values and use the un-rounded total to identify the appropriate IEG for annual income for the household size.

This calculation method is consistent with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Eligibility for School Meals Manual, which can be downloaded from the USDA Guidance and Resources Web page at

If you have any questions regarding this MB, please contact the appropriate SNP specialist listed on form Caseload SNP in the Download Forms section of the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System. You may also contact the SNP Unit Secretary by phone at 916-322-1450 or 800-952-5609.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, October 22, 2014

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