Free or Reduced Price School Lunch

Note that the percentage and number of students enrolled in free or reduced price lunch programs does is not the same figure as the total number of eligible students.  Every year some students who are eligible for the program fail to enroll for a variety of reasons.

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School YearCambridge/ Free Lunch (1)Cambridge/ Reduced Price Lunch (2)Cambridge/ Total Percent AssistedCambridge/ Estimated Number Assisted (3)State/Free Lunch (1)State/Reduced Price Lunch (2)State/Total Percent
2006-200735.8%6.9%42.7%239823.5%5.4%28.9%
2007-200837.0%7.9%44.9%255824.0%5.4%29.4%
2008-200937.9%6.0%43.9%253525.2%5.5%30.7%
2009-201039.4%6.1%45.5%270727.4%5.6%33.0%
2010-201137.5%6.0%43.5%261829.1%5.1%34.2%
2011-201241.6%6.8%48.4%292730.4%4.8%35.2%
2012-201338.7%6.4%45.0%280132.1%4.9%37.0%
2013-201439.6%5.8%45.4%288533.6%4.7%38.3%

Footnotes:

  1. Students with family income up to130% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for free school meals.
  2. Students with family income less than 185% and more than 130% of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for reduced prices school meals.
  3. Through 2012-2013 Cambridge student number is an estimate developed by multiplying the percentage of students eligible for free or reduced cost meals by the number of students enrolled in Cambridge Public Schools as recorded on this web page. 2013-2014 figure supplied by Cambridge Public School department.

Sources: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, School/District Profiles, Student Information, Selected Populations. Profiles are found at http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/; Cambridge Public School Department.

For More Information

Eligibility requirements for the Free and Reduced Price Lunch program are found on the USDA web site.

For more information about socioeconomic and demographic statistics about Cambridge, please contact Cliff Cook, ccook@cambridgema.gov, Planning Information Manager, at 617/349-4656.