Free and Reduced Lunch Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: National Center for Education Statistics, School Nutrition Association
Research Date: 6.18.2013
The rising number of students who are on or eligible for free and reduced lunch at school has everyone alarmed as this is a major indicator of growing poverty in the United States.
Free and Reduced School Lunch Statistics Data
Total number of students receiving free or reduced lunch in the U.S. 19,700,000
Percentage of Students Eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch 47.5 %
Highest State/Territory for Free and Reduced Lunch – Washington D.C. 72.3 %
Lowest State/Territory for Free and Reduced Lunch – New Hampshire 23.5 %
Amount the federal government pays for each free lunch served $2.57
Actual cost of each free lunch served $2.92

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