Tony Evers, PhD, State Superintendent
Date: April 14, 2010
To: Authorized Representatives of School Food Authorities (SFAs) Participating in Child
From: June Paul, Director
School Nutrition Team
Subject: Income Eligibility Guidelines
PLEASE forward this important information to all persons with Child Nutrition Program
We have recently been notified that publication of the federal Department of Health and Human
Services (HHS) 2010 Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEGs) or “Poverty Guidelines” to be used in
determining eligibility for free and reduced price meals and free milk will be delayed.
The Department of Health and Human Services has not yet indicated when/if new IEGs will be
published. However, we will provide any new information as soon as it is available.
Existing 2009 Poverty Guidelines are effective through June 30, 2010 and may be accessed on our
website at http://dpi.wi.gov/fns/doc/income_guidelines09_10.doc. Thus, there is no current effect
on eligibility due to this delay. In the event 2010 IEGs are delayed for another year; 2009 IEGs will
stay in effect. Income eligibility for free and reduced price meals will not change until new
guidelines are established.