Subsidized School Lunches Surge in the US

The number of students receiving subsidized lunches rose to 21 million last school year from 18 million, a 17 percent increase, according to an analysis by The New York Times.  Eleven states, including Florida, Nevada, New Jersey and Tennessee, had four-year increases of 25 percent or more. These are huge shifts in a program long characterized by incremental growth.

The New York Times also includes a map of the distribution of the change in demand by state. The data is from the Department of Agriculture that administers the meals program.

To read the article, click here.

Source: New York Times

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern.


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