Shelby County Schools announce income requirements for free and reduced lunches

By Ginny Cooper / Staff Writer

COLUMBIANA—The Shelby County School District announced the income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced lunches for children served in schools under the Local School Food Authority and the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program.

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Parents whose income falls within the limits outlined may apply by completing an application form that will be sent home with students or found online. School officials will verify the income of some households during the school year.

Approximately 40 percent of students in Shelby County schools qualified for free and reduced lunch during the 2013-14 school year, a number that has risen over the past “ten years as the economy took a downfall,” Cindy Warner, public relations supervisor for the district, said.

School officials expect the number of students who qualify for the program to be “pretty much the same” during the upcoming school year, though the numbers “will be impacted somewhat by the separation with Pelham,” Warner said.

To determine eligibility or apply online for the program, visit