USA: National School Lunch Program

Last Modified: Mon May 20 2019 05:44:52 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 100,000
    Estimated number of schools and institutions that are part of the National School Lunch Program that provides lunches to students. The program is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • 29.8 million
    Number of students that receive their lunch each day through this program. Of those, the program estimates that as many as 20.2 million students receive lunch for free, 1.8 million pay a reduced price of 40 cents, and 7.7 million pay the full price.
  • 4.9 billion
    Number of lunches that are served annually.
  • $13.83 billion
    Annual cost of the program, including: $12.59 billion in reimbursements and $1.24 billion in commodity costs.
  • 75.3%
    of school districts reported unpaid student meal debt at the end of the 2016-17 school year. 'Lunch Debt' is squeezing school districts across the country—in some cases by as much as $500,000 in a single semester—but the exact amount total debt across the United States as a whole is unknown.