The number of public school students eligible to participate in the free and reduced lunch program by race and Hispanic origin. The percent is the number of students eligible to participate divided by the total public school enrollment. Eligibility is based on reported income.
Race and Hispanic categories are as follows:
White, non-Hispanic - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa;
Black, non-Hispanic - a person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa;
Other race, non-Hispanic - a person choosing one of the following single race categories alone:
American Indian or Alaskan Native - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America), and who maintains tribal affiliation or community attachment;
Asian - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam;
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander - a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands;
Two or more races - a person having origins of two or more of the above listed racial categories.
Hispanic - A person of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race. The term, “Spanish origin” can be used in addition to “Hispanic or Latino”.
PK-12 Education Information Services, Division of Accountability, Research and Measurement, Florida Department of Education, Tallahassee, FL
The United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Services is responsible for overseeing the program nationally. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness administer the program in Florida.