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Number of children with government school lunch subsidy

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While (LUNCHSUB) indicates whether any children 5-18 in the household "usually" received a free or reduced price lunch at school, FRELUNCH specifies the number of children receiving this means-tested benefit. For information on the National School Lunch Program, see (LUNCHSUB).

Households with no children ages 5-18 are coded as "99" (Not in Universe) in FRELUNCH. Those with children who didn't eat hot lunch are coded as "98." A "00" code in FRELUNCH indicates that none of the children in the household who ate a school lunch paid a reduced fee or no fee; codes of "01" to "09" relate to the number of children who ate a hot lunch at a reduced fee or no fee, with "09" meaning 9 or more children.


The variable is comparable across years.


  • Households and group quarters with one or more children receiving free or reduced price lunch.


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



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