Children Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch

Within the report area 9,887 public school students or 45.65% are eligible for Free/Reduced Price lunch out of 21,659 total students enrolled. This indicator is relevant because it assesses vulnerable populations which are more likely to have multiple health access, health status, and social support needs. Additionally, when combined with poverty data, providers can use this measure to identify gaps in eligibility and enrollment.
Report Area Total Students Number Free/Reduced Price Lunch Eligible Percent Free/Reduced Price Lunch Eligible
Franklin County, PA 21,659 9,887 45.65%
Pennsylvania 1,723,315 786,304 45.63%
United States 50,436,641 26,213,915 52.12%
Note: This Indicator is compared with the state average. Green - Better than state average, Red - Worse than state average.
Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics, NCES - Common Core of Data. 2014-15. Source geography: Address

Children Eligible for Free Lunch (Alone) by Year, 2010-2011 through 2014-15
Report Area 2010-11 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
Franklin County, PA 33.94% 36.53% 41.89% 45.65%
Pennsylvania 39.41% 41.52% 43.58% 45.63%
United States 48.15% 51.32% 51.99% 51.8%
Website Updated December 11 2017 Site Reviewed January 05 2018

Children Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch

Data Background

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is the primary federal entity for collecting, analyzing, and reporting data related to education in the United States and other nations. It fulfils a congressional mandate to collect, collate, analyze, and report full and complete statistics on the condition of education in the United States; conduct and publish reports and specialized analyses of the meaning and significance of such statistics; assist state and local education agencies in improving their statistical systems; and review and report on education activities in foreign countries..

Citation: Documentation to the NCES Common Core of Data Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey (2013).

The National Center for Education Statistics releases a dataset containing detailed information about every public school in the United States in their annual Common Core of Data (CCD) files. The information from which this data is compiled is supplied by state education agency officials. The CCD reports information about both schools and school districts, including name, address, and phone number; descriptive information about students and staff demographics; and fiscal data, including revenues and current expenditures. .

For more information, please visit the Common Core of Data web page.


The National School Lunch Program is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 percent and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals, for which students can be charged no more than 40 cents.

Total student counts and counts for students eligible for free and reduced price lunches are acquired for the school year 2013-2014 from the NCES Common Core of Data (CCD) Public School Universe Survey. Point locations for schools are obtained by mapping the latitude and longitude coordinates for each school provided in the CCD file. School-level data is summarized to the county, state, and national levels for reporting purposes. For more information, please see the complete dataset documentation.


Race and Ethnicity
Statistics by race and ethnicity are not provided for this indicator from the data source. Detailed race/ethnicity data may be available at a broader geographic level, or from a local source.

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