Free/reduced-price school lunch participation

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Definitions: Number of students who actually participated everyday in the free or reduced price school meals program during a school year. Rate is percent of Average Daily Membership. 

Data Source: The Tennessee Department of Education, Division of School Nutrition, provided participation data. Average Daily Cafeteria Attendance data are from district profile provided by the Department of Education. KIDS COUNT division of the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth calculated rate and converted district-level data  to county level. 

Footnotes: Daily free-reduced price school lunch participation data were computed from total free-reduced price lunch served in a given year using the following technique: 
Free-Reduced Price Lunch Participation = Total Free-Reduced Price Lunch Served/180.
Where 180 = Total number of school days in a year. 
State special schools are not included.