Free or reduced-price school lunch participation (by county) in South Dakota

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Why This Indicator Matters

The National School Lunch Program — the nation’s second largest food and nutrition assistance program behind SNAP — makes it possible for all school children to receive a nutritious lunch every school day. Studies show that participation in school lunch reduces food insecurity, obesity rates, and poor health.
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Definitions: This indicator represents the number of children eligible to receive free or reduced price lunch in public schools. Children may also be eligible to receive free or reduced price breakfast and/or milk. To receive a free or reduced price meal, households must meet income eligibility requirements. Children in food stamp or TANF families are automatically eligible for free school meals. Families who receive commodity assistance through food distribution programs in American Indian tribal areas are also automatically eligible for free meals. In the 2014/15 school year, a new lunch option was made available to North Dakota schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The CEP was enacted as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act 2010 and provides universal meal service to students enrolled in schools with at least 40 percent of students who are directly certified for free meals.

The denominator for the percentage is total public school enrollment in respective geographic areas.

Data Source: Child and Adult Nutrition Services, South Dakota Department of Education.

Footnotes: NA = the agency has 90% or more of the children eligible for free or reduced price meals or have 10 or fewer children enrolled.

These data are for school years.

Updated 4 November 2019