Fast Fact – Free and Reduced-Price Lunch

Written by: Sarah Hughes
Date Posted: September 28, 2012

In the 2011-2012 school year, 41 percent of all Colorado public school students qualified for free or reduced-price lunch (FRL). The number of Colorado children eligible for FRL has grown by 79 percent since the 2000-2001 school year. In order to qualify for FRL, a child must live in family with income below 185 percent of the federal poverty level, about $41,000 for a family of four. To find data on students eligible for FRL in your county or school district, please visit the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

Sarah Hughes

About Sarah Hughes

Sarah Hughes is the Research Director for the Colorado Children’s Campaign. In this role, she leads the organization’s research and data efforts – including the development and publication of the annual KIDS COUNT in Colorado! report. Prior to joining the Children’s Campaign, Sarah worked in PR and communications, as well as working directly with children and adolescents in various capacities. She holds a Master of Social Work with a specialization in Advocacy, Leadership, and Social Change from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Business and Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis.