Free and Reduced School Meals (Rebuilding)

Summary: Students eligible for free- and reduced-price lunches

This database provides the number of students eligible for free- and reduced-price lunches in U.S. schools. Years reported reflect the first year of a traditional academic year, e.g., 2007 reflects eligible students in the 2007-2008 academic year. Users should exercise caution in calculating the number of students eligible for free- or reduced-price lunches as a share of total students since the data provider, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), may report lunch and enrollment data that were collected at different times during the school year. In addition, some schools may report free- or reduced-lunch statistics for more than one school. Data are not avaiable for all combinations of categories and districts. 


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Geographic Coverage: City or Other Local Government

Periodicity: Annually

Series Begins/Ends: 1998 - 2010

Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics

Updated:  Feb. 20, 2013 Next update: Jan. 31, 2019

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