School boards in the New Milford area have announced their policy for determining eligibility of children who may receive free or reduced price meals served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program.

Local school officials have adopted the United States Department of Agriculture's Income Eligibility Guidelines following family size and income criteria for determining eligibility:

Free meals

Number in family, 1; annual gross income, $14,937; monthly gross income, $1,245; twice per month income, $623; every two weeks gross income, $575; weekly gross income, $288.

Number in family, 2; annual gross income, $20,163; monthly gross income, $1,681; twice per month, $841; every two weeks, $776; weekly gross income, $388.

For each additional family member, add $5,226 to determine annual gross income; add $436 to determine monthly gross income; add $218 to determine twice per month income; add $201 to determine every two weeks gross income; and add $101 to determine weekly gross income.

Reduced price meals

Number in family, 1; annual gross income, $21,257; monthly gross income, $1,772; $886 for twice per month; $818 for every two weeks gross income; and weekly gross income, $409.

Number in family, 2; annual gross income, $28,694; monthly gross income, $2,392; twice per month, $1,196; every two weeks gross income, $1,104; weekly gross income, $552.

For each additional family member, add $7,437 to determine annual gross income; add $620 to determine monthly gross; add $$310 to determine twice per month income; add $287 for every two weeks gross income; and add $144 to determine weekly gross income.

For more information about the program, or to obtain an application for the new school year, call the appropriate school system.