Eligible students who are reached by free and reduced price meals during the school year in California

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Definitions: Children Now’s analysis of California Food Policy Advocates’ Average Daily Participation School Year count and total count of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Numbers and percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number. 

Data Source:

1) California Food Policy Advocates (2018). School’s Out…Who Ate? 2017 Report. Retrieved August 2018 from https://cfpa.net/sowa-2017/

2) California Department of Education, Public Files (n.d.). Free and Reduced Price Meal Count (K-12) data 2016. Retrieved August 2018 from https://www.cde.ca.gov/ds/sd/sd/filessp.asp


Footnotes: Asterisks* An asterisk indicates that data should be interpreted with caution. Asterisks were used to note low number of events (fewer than 10) or unstable data with large confidence intervals. Data or estimates with low numbers and large confidence intervals indicate that a data point may not be a true representation of the larger population. NA (Not Available) Data that are not available are noted as NA. The most frequent reasons for using the NA annotation include the unavailability of longitudinal data, data suppression from the original data source due to a low number event, or statistically unstable estimates.