Students approved for free or reduced price school lunch

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Definitions: The number or percent of Virginia public school students in grades K-12 who were approved for free or reduced-price school lunches according to federal guidelines.

Data Source: Virginia Department of Education


NA - Bedford City data are included in the Bedford County totals.  Emporia City data are included in the Greensville County totals.  Fairfax City data are included in the Fairfax County totals.  James City County data are included in the Williamsburg totals.

Important change:

In 2014, some Virginia school districts began participating in the Community Eligibility Option (CEP), a federal program that allows school districts to provides free or reduced-price meals to all students at high poverty or ‘high need’ schools without determining the exact number of eligible students. As a result, it is possible that an undetermined number of students who would not otherwise qualify for FARMs eligibility are now counted in this group and FARMs eligibility data after 2014 may no longer be an accurate indicator of student poverty or comparable to data from 2013 and before.

The following school districts are operating under the USDA CEP: Augusta County, Bristol City, Brunswick County, Chesapeake City, Colonial Beach, Danville City, Franklin City, Franklin County, Fredericksburg City, Greensville County, Hampton City, Henry County, Hopewell City, Lee County, Lynchburg City, Martinsville City, Newport News City, Norfolk City, Petersburg City, Portsmouth City, Pulaski County, Richmond City, Roanoke City, Suffolk City, Sussex County, Virginia Beach City.  

The free eligible for the school districts participating in CEP is a VDOE calculated number based on USDA guidance.

Last updated: November 2017