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Students Eligible for the Free Lunch Program

This indicator shows the percentage of students eligible to participate in the Free Lunch Program under the National School Lunch Program.
The value includes students enrolled in public schools.

Students Eligible for the Free Lunch Program

42.4
53.4
Comparison: U.S. Counties 

64.4

percent
Measurement Period: 2011-2012

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

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Categories: Economy / Government Assistance Programs, Economy / Poverty
Technical Note: The distribution is based on data from 3,024 U.S. counties and county equivalents.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2014

Why is this important?

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. The Free Lunch Program (FLP) under the NSLP has been providing nutritionally balanced lunches to children at no cost since 1946. Families who meet the income eligibility requirements or who receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can apply through their children's school to receive free meals. The FLP ensures that students who may otherwise not have access to a nutritious meal are fed during the school day. This helps students remain focused and productive in school. Moreover, the lunches help students meet their basic nutritional requirements when their families may not be able to consistently provide a balanced and varied diet.

Students Eligible for the Free Lunch Program : Time Series

2008-2009: 58.4 2009-2010: 61.6 2010-2011: 64.2 2011-2012: 64.4

percent

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Students Eligible for the Free Lunch Program

Comparison: Prior Value 

64.4

percent
Measurement Period: 2011-2012

County: Dallas

Located in:
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA): Dallas-Plano-Irving
  • Substate Region: Region 3a
  • TEA Region: Region 10
  • State: Texas

View Every County

Categories: Economy / Government Assistance Programs, Economy / Poverty
Technical Note: The trend is a comparison between the most recent and previous measurement periods. Confidence intervals were not taken into account in determining the direction of the trend.
Maintained By: Healthy Communities Institute
Last Updated: November 2014

Why is this important?

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. The Free Lunch Program (FLP) under the NSLP has been providing nutritionally balanced lunches to children at no cost since 1946. Families who meet the income eligibility requirements or who receive Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits can apply through their children's school to receive free meals. The FLP ensures that students who may otherwise not have access to a nutritious meal are fed during the school day. This helps students remain focused and productive in school. Moreover, the lunches help students meet their basic nutritional requirements when their families may not be able to consistently provide a balanced and varied diet.

Students Eligible for the Free Lunch Program : Time Series

2008-2009: 58.4 2009-2010: 61.6 2010-2011: 64.2 2011-2012: 64.4

percent

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