Students enrolled in the free & reduced price school meals program

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Definitions: Percent of public school children approved for free and reduced price school meals in public schools offering the National School Lunch Program, as percent of total public school student enrollment. Eligibility is based on household income.  Children are eligible for free school lunches if their household income does not exceed 130% of the federal poverty threshold, and children are eligible for reduced-price lunch if their family income falls between 130%-185% of the federal poverty threshold.  This data is inclusive of both categories.  Beginning in the 2013 school year, meals in the reduced-price category are reimbursable to schools and are available at no-cost to students. 

Data Source: Vermont Department of Education, Child Nutrition Programs

Footnotes: Data represents eligibility and enrollment in October of the school year shown.  School years are indicated by the fall term of the school year, for example, 2007-2008 data is represented as 2007.

For more recent data, please see Students enrolled in the free & reduced school meals program, 2008-2013 series on the KIDS COUNT Data Center.  Collection methodology for these two date ranges differs; data from 2000-2007 and 2008-2012 is not directly comparable. 

For more information please contact Sarah Teel at Voices for Vermont's Children