Free school lunch eligibility (percent)
Percent of total students eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program under the Free Lunch Act
Students in public schools who are eligible for free lunch
Students in public schools
- The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
- Estimates obtained from the USDA's Food Environment Atlas
Common Core of Data (CCD)
The Common Core of Data (CCD) is the Department of Education's primary database on public elementary and secondary education in the U.S. CCD is a comprehensive, annual, national statistical database of all public elementary and secondary schools and school districts, which contains data that are designed to be comparable across states. The objectives of CCD are (1) to provide an official listing of public elementary and secondary schools and school districts in the nation, which can be used to select samples for other National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) surveys, and (2) to provide basic information and descriptive statistics on public elementary and secondary schools and schooling in general.
Data Source Methodology
CCD is made up of a set of five surveys sent to state education departments. Most of the data are obtained from administrative records maintained by the state education agencies. Statistical information is collected annually from schools and school districts (including supervisory unions and regional education service agencies) in the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Department of Defense Schools, and the outlying areas. State education agencies compile the data in prescribed formats and transmit the information to NCES.