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Lincoln’s poverty rate has dropped to 14%, and roughly tracks the overall poverty trends of the nation. Over 38% of public school students currently receive free lunch. The number of households receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP; formerly known as food stamps) has been stable since the Great Recession, averaging 9%. Lincoln has seven neighborhoods in extreme poverty (more than 40% of residents in poverty). Other trends have been going in a more positive direction: the number of homeless in Lincoln has dropped to its lowest levels in the past 10 years, and rates of food insecure households and individuals without health insurance have gradually decreased.