Children Receiving Free/Reduced Price Lunch in Ohio

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Definitions: An estimate of the percentage of children that participated in the National School Lunch program, often referred to as free and reduced-price lunch, in Ohio schools in October of each school year.


Data Source: Ohio Department of Education, MR81 report. Extracted from


Footnotes: The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or free and reduced-price lunch enrollment rate is based on Total Free and Reduced Applications divided by Current Enrollment (CE).  For schools participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (referred to as CEO schools in Ohio), Total Free and Reduced Applications is zero because households do not submit applications.  Students are directly certified for free meals on the basis of their participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and also includes homeless, runaway, Head Start, and migrant youth.  It does not include students who are categorically eligible based on submission of a free and reduced price application.  The number of CEO Eligible Students is multiplied by a factor of 1.6 to provide an estimate. This estimate is treated like Total Free and Reduced Applications in CDF-Ohio’s county and regional calculations.  For more information, see the MR81 CEO Readme Document at