Children eligible for free/reduced price school meals in New Jersey

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Definitions: The number of children eligible for free- or reduced-price school meals. Includes children in traditional public schools and charter schools.

Data Source: New Jersey Department of Education, October enrollment counts.

Footnotes: Data are for October of each school year listed.

Data updated 4.30.20.

Note: Data are not reported for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years due to the following:
  • While operating remotely, districts altered traditional breakfast and lunch service, distributing multiple days' meals at select local sites. 
  • Due to federal legislation aimed at reducing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, all students, regardless of income, were eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch.