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Jerome: Reduced price school lunch program

  • The National School Lunch Program provides low cost or free lunches to students, based on the student’s family size and income. Children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free meals. Those with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price meals. For more information, please see

  • The percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches is often used as a measure of children’s economic well-being. Higher percentages mean more children live in low-income families, and vice versa. The percent is calculated by dividing the number of eligible students (based on the criteria listed above) by the number of students enrolled. Not all schools participate in the program.

  • The percentages of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches in Jerome school districts are shown below. Contact local school district staff if you have questions.  For contact information, use the school district locator at

Percent eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch

2007 - 20082008 - 20092009 - 20102010 - 20112011 - 20122012 - 20132013 - 20142014 - 20152015 - 20162016 - 20172017 - 20182018 - 2019
Heritage AcademyNANANANA58.558.665.866.165.365.064.565.1
Jerome Joint School District 261 54.153.559.760.667.967.765.767.267.964.162.256.8
Valley School District 262 57.256.964.460.866.169.461.068.660.965.263.850.7

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Ask questions:


·         Which school districts in your county have the highest rates of students eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch?

·         How do rates for your county’s districts compare to those for the state as a whole?


Look at other indicators:


·         “Income and poverty: Poverty rate, overall” and/or “Income and poverty: Poverty rate, by age” – If your county has high rates for this indicator, how does that compare to the county’s overall and/or child poverty rates?


Dig deeper:


·         Look at the county rankings for your state to see how your county compares to others.

·         Download data for your county or state to see how many students in each district are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch.

·         Take a Big Picture view of your county.

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Note: NA and blank cells = Not Available.

Source: 1998-1999 to 2012-2019: National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES), Elementary/Secondary Information System, (;
DATE LAST UPDATED: June 9, 2020.

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