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Free/Reduced Lunch

Free lunch participation has increased steadily over the past decade
  • In the 2018-19 school year, there were 3,262 students receiving reduced price lunches, and 15,377 receiving free lunches at Lincoln Public Schools, representing 46% of students.7
  • The number of Lincoln Public School students receiving free or reduced lunch has grown 81% in the past decade.
  • For more than a decade, students receiving reduced price lunch has held steady. This suggests that families facing great economic hardship have enrolled (eligible for free lunch), while families facing lesser economic hardship have not enrolled (eligible for reduced price lunch).
Footnotes

7. In general, students are eligible for free lunch if their household income is less than 130% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, and eligible for reduced lunch if their household income is less than 185% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. In the 2018-19 school year, students in a family of four with a household income less than $32,630 would be eligible for free lunch, and those with a household income less than $46,435 would be eligible for reduced lunch. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. (2018). Child nutrition programs: Income eligibility guidelines. Federal Register/Vol. 83, No. 89/Tuesday, May 8, 2018. Retrieved from https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2018-05-08/pdf/2018-09679.pdf