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Number of children who ate complete school lunch

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ATELUNCH identifies the number of children in the household who usually ate a complete hot lunch at school. In IPUMS-CPS, households without children in this age group are coded as "99" (N.I.U., Not in Universe). A code of "00"indicates that the children present did not usually eat a complete hot lunch; codes of "01" to "09" relate to the number of children who ate usually ate a hot school lunch, with "09" meaning 9 or more children.

ATELUNCH defines the universe for questions related to participation in the federal school lunch program (LUNCHSUB) and (FRELUNCH).


The variable is comparable across years.


  • Households and group quarters containing one or more children ages 5-18.


Years Jan Feb ASEC Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
1980 – 2020 - - X - - - - - - - - -



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