Middle School Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch 
The number of middle school students eligible for free/reduced lunch divided by the number of enrolled students, expressed as a percent.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), established in 1946 under the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act, provides free and reduced-price lunches to schoolchildren from economically disadvantaged families. An increase in this percentage indicates a greater proportion of school students are economically disadvantaged.

In 2021, the percentage of Middle School Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch in Alachua County was 48.1 compared to Florida at 55.1. The line graph shows change over time when there are at least three years of data.

Alachua County is in the second quartile for this measure. This means that relative to other counties in Florida, there are more Middle School Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch in about half of the counties, and less in about one quarter of the counties. The map illustrates county data by quartile. When fewer than 51 counties have data or zero values, no quartile map will be presented.

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Alachua County
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Middle School Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch, Percent of Middle School Students, 2021
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Middle School Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch, Percentage of Middle School Students, Single Year
AlachuaFlorida
Data YearCountDenomPercent (%)MOVCountDenomPercent (%)MOV
20213,1576,56948.1*1.2363,862660,36555.10.1
20203,0066,70944.8*1.2364,936670,00554.50.1
20192,8346,60242.9*1.2362,101654,13055.40.1
20183,4386,44953.3*1.2366,866641,81257.20.1
20172,8426,22845.6*1.2362,621625,92057.90.1
20162,8056,04746.4*1.3361,560617,18158.60.1
20152,8696,01247.7*1.3363,674614,13759.20.1
20143,2356,09553.1*1.3366,574614,45459.70.1
20132,9446,10648.2*1.3366,989614,27959.70.1
20122,9116,14947.3*1.2356,954608,89258.60.1
20112,9546,10948.4*1.3344,492604,13057.00.1
20102,9226,18747.2*1.2326,394599,72654.40.1
20092,8156,09046.2*1.3304,509601,65250.60.1
20082,6646,00544.4*1.3279,770596,69946.90.1
20072,7746,20544.7*1.2283,737606,46346.80.1
20062,9846,31947.21.2291,552611,97747.60.1
20053,2276,63048.71.2305,961626,07748.90.1
20043,2816,82648.11.2298,238624,48247.80.1
20033,5967,07950.8*1.2289,132613,06347.20.1
20023,0907,08843.6*1.2276,303599,37846.10.1
FLHealthCharts.gov is provided by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Public Health Statistics and Performance Management.
Data Source: Florida Department of Education
10/1/2022 7:39:22 AM
Data Note(s)
  • The number of middle school students eligible for free/reduced school lunches divided by the total number of middle school students.
  • Data are for school years which vary by school district.
  • Data are suppressed by county (school district) and grade if there are fewer than 10 students. Therefore the state total may exceed the sum of the counties.
  • This is primary, quantitative data.
  • Chart will display if there are at least three years of data.
  • Multi-year counts are a sum of the selected years, not an average.
  • Quartiles are calculated when data are available for at least 51 counties.
  • MOV - Measure of Variability: Probable range of values resulting from random fluctuations in the number of events. Not calculated when numerator is below 5 or denominator is below 20, or count or rate is suppressed. The MOV is useful for comparing rates to a goal or standard. For example, if the absolute difference between the county rate and the statewide rate is less than the MOV, the county rate is not significantly different from the statewide rate (alpha level = 0.05). When the absolute difference between the county rate and the statewide rate is greater than the MOV, the county rate is significantly different from the statewide rate. MOV should not be used to determine if the rates of two different counties, or the county rates for two different years, are statistically significantly different.
  • Denom - abbreviated for denominator.
  • Population estimates are not available for persons whose county of residence is unknown. Given this, the denominator and associated rate are not available.
  • * - Indicates the county rate is statistically significantly different from the statewide rate.