Learn More: Free/Reduced-Price Lunch


Variable Definition:
Students with Free/Reduced-Price Lunch: The percentage of students receiving aid from the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)

California Department of Education (CDE) Ed-Data/Data Quest
Years Available:
2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2015-16
Geographic Unit:
Census Tract

Why is this Variable Important to Measure?

Students with Free/Reduced-Price Lunch
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federal program started in 1946 that provides free or reduced-price lunches and snacks to eligible students at public schools, nonprofit private schools, and residential child care institutions. Schools receive subsidies and food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for each meal that they serve. Eligible students must have families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty line, and the lunches and snacks served must meet the nutrition standards set forth by the latest federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans. School districts and independent schools must opt into the program and work with state governments on program operation and implementation.

"The national school lunch program." United States Department of Agriculture: Food and Nutrition Service, November 2017. Link 
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