Percent of students enrolled in free and reduced lunch

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Percent of students enrolled in free and reduced lunch

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Definitions: The percent of students who receive school lunch free or at a reduced price.
Calculated as the total number of children on free or reduced price lunch divided by average daily membership (ADM). To be eligible for free lunch under the National School Lunch Act students must live in households earning at or below 130 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines. To be eligible for reduced price lunch, students must live in households earning at or below 185 percent of the Federal poverty guidelines.

Data Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Division of Financial and Business Services. "Free & Reduced Meal Application Data." Available online at: http://www.ncpublicschools.org/fbs/resources/data/.

Footnotes: Excludes charter schools.

Last updated February 2012.