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Record 73.3% of School Lunches Served in FY16 Were Free or Reduced Price
Sep 12th, 2017 at 3:32pm
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Record 73.3% of School Lunches Served in FY16 Were Free or Reduced Price

By: Susan Jones
September 12, 2017



(CNSNews.com) - Of the 5,052,222,946 school lunches served in Fiscal Year 2016, 73.3 percent of them -- the highest percentage on record -- were either free or reduced price meals, according to data posted on September 8, 2017 by the Agriculture Department's Food and Nutrition Service.

Free lunches comprised two-thirds (66.6 percent) of all lunches served in that school year; and reduced-price lunches comprised 6.7 percent. Students paid full price for the remaining 26.7 percent in Fiscal 2016, the latest year for which data is available.

(FY 2016 covers the 12-month period beginning in Oct. 2015 and running through Sept. 2016. It roughly coincides with the 2015-2016 school year.)

The percentage of free or reduced price meals served in public and non-profit private schools has steadily risen in each of the last nine years, from 59.3 percent in Fiscal Year 2007, to 73.3 percent in FY 2016, according to data compiled by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible for reduced price meals.

School lunch is now free for all public school students in New York City, regardless of income.

That's because New York City has enrolled in the federal government's Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), an Agriculture Department program that allows school districts or individual schools in high-poverty areas to provide free meals to all enrolled students if at least 40 percent of those students already are enrolled in other means-tested programs, such as SNAP, for example.


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Re: Record 73.3% of School Lunches Served in FY16 Were Free or Reduced Price
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It's true -- there are many schools where they have a large enough slice of students getting free/subsidized meals that they just make it free for all of them.  This streamlines processing, but more importantly it removes the stigma that many students experience when they are on meal plans.

I will go on record as fully supporting school meals.  For many kids, this is the only vaguely nutritious food they get in the day.  And full stomachs facilitate learning!
  

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so from 07 to 2016 the % of subsidized lunches went 14% while family income dipped & is now about back to where it was in 07.
so what surprises you about that?
  
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forgotten centrist wrote on Sep 12th, 2017 at 3:44pm:
It's true -- there are many schools where they have a large enough slice of students getting free/subsidized meals that they just make it free for all of them.  This streamlines processing, but more importantly it removes the stigma that many students experience when they are on meal plans.

I will go on record as fully supporting school meals.  For many kids, this is the only vaguely nutritious food they get in the day.  And full stomachs facilitate learning!



Sorry.  I don't care that full stomachs facilitate learning.  I don't care that George Washington said “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”.  I don't care that an educated citizenry benefits all of us.  SOMEONE'S getting something for nothing. Angry



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Cloward and Piven would be so thrilled, too, .. just like any other good little Communist professor that instructs people on how to overwhelm the system, to usher in that great Communist Utopian society!  Wink
  

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stu_gatze wrote on Sep 12th, 2017 at 3:57pm:
Cloward and Piven would be so thrilled, too, .. just like any other good little Communist professor that instructs people on how to overwhelm the system, to usher in that great Communist Utopian society!  Wink

Coming from the token LNF white supremacist, that means jack shit.
  

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stu_gatze wrote on Sep 12th, 2017 at 3:57pm:
Cloward and Piven would be so thrilled, too, .. just like any other good little Communist professor that instructs people on how to overwhelm the system, to usher in that great Communist Utopian society!  Wink



Sorry, I thought you made the thread in shock at rising levels of poverty...

My opinion of you went up.


Is it that, or are you following the depressing blame - the-poor line?
  

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Has he run away AGAIN? 

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Pass the Gravy wrote on Sep 12th, 2017 at 3:52pm:
Sorry.  I don't care that full stomachs facilitate learning.  I don't care that George Washington said “There is nothing which can better deserve your patronage, than the promotion of science and literature. Knowledge is in every country the surest basis of public happiness.”.  I don't care that an educated citizenry benefits all of us.  SOMEONE'S getting something for nothing. Angry



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Re: Record 73.3% of School Lunches Served in FY16 Were Free or Reduced Price
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USyeah wrote on Sep 12th, 2017 at 3:51pm:
so from 07 to 2016 the % of subsidized lunches went 14% while family income dipped & is now about back to where it was in 07.
so what surprises you about that?



But.... but when did the recession supposedly end? Huh
  

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