Data for Free and Reduced Price Meal Eligibility

Annual Report and Data for School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

The Office of Nutrition administers the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Annually, the office will publish a report and data on the implementation and effectiveness of these programs.

Additional Data and Information for School Lunch and Breakfast Programs

This page provides free and reduced price meal eligibility data provided by the sponsors participating in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).  In October of each year, Traditional and Provision 2 NSLP sponsors report the current enrollment (the highest daily number of students with access to meals served) and the number of students eligible for free and reduced price school meal benefits on their October claims for reimbursement. CEP eligible NSLP sponsors report Current Enrollment as the number of the enrolled students at the CEP site as of April of each year. The files are available below in Microsoft Excel spreadsheets.

Please note the information is self-reported data that the sites report on the applications and claims for reimbursement in April and October of each year.

Covid-19 Pandemic Adjustments

In school year 2020-2021, the USDA approved districts and schools to provide free meals to students through the Summer Food Service Program or Seamless Summer Option. Due to this, the majority of the districts and schools did not participate in the National School Lunch Program and thus did not collect nor report October 2020 Free and Reduced data. The Department is reporting only the schools that provided their data for October 2020.

The department in accordance with the guidance issued by USDA and the USDOE, encourages the use of prior year’s data for determination of free and reduced lunch percent’s due the incompleteness and inaccuracy of the current year data.


Previous Years

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Last Modified: 8/5/2021 9:55:32 AM