Fast Fact- March 2, 2018

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: March 2, 2018

In the 2017-2018 school year, about 42 percent of students in Colorado public schools qualified for free or reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students qualifying for reduced-price lunch has remained stable since 2000, only increasing overall from 7 to 8 percent; however, in that same time span the share of students qualifying for free lunch has increased by 14 points, from 20 percent to 34 percent of children. Children who qualify for free lunch live in families with incomes below 130 percent of the federal poverty level ($32,630 per year for a family of four in 2018). Those who qualify for reduced-price meals live in families earning too much to qualify for free lunch but below 185 percent FPL ($46,435 for a family of four). To see data on students qualifying for free or reduced price lunch in your county or school district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit