a States are ranked 1-50 with 1 meaning the highest percent of children who receive free or reduced-price lunch also participated in Summer Nutrition Programs and 50 meaning the lowest number of children who receive free or reduced-price lunch also participate in Summer Nutrition Programs.
b In these states, 50 percent or more of eligible school districts adopted the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2017-2018 school year. These high poverty school districts offered breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students without having to collect and process individual meal applications.
Note: Participation data are based on average daily meals served from September through May for the School Lunch and Breakfast Programs and in July for the Summer Food Service Program.
Sources: Girouard, Diane, Crystal FitzSimons, and Randy Rosso. 2019. “School Breakfast Scorecard: School Year 2017-2018.” Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). https://www.frac.org/wp-content/uploads/school-breakfast-scorecard-sy-2017-2018.pdf; Hayes, Clarissa, Randy Rosso, and Crystal FitzSimons. 2019. “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report.” FRAC. https://frac.org/wp-content/uploads/frac-summer-nutrition-report-2019.pdf; Mauric, Alison et al. 2019. “Community Eligibility: The Key to Hunger-Free Schools: School Year 2018-2019.” FRAC. https://www.frac.org/wp-content/uploads/community-eligibility-key-to-hunger-free-schools-sy-2018-2019.pdf.