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Document Number: 10265

Using American Community Survey Data to Expand Access to the School Meals Program: Panel on Estimating Children Eligible for School Nutrition Programs Using the American Com - This is a brief summary of a larger report presenting a panel's analysis, findings and recommendations on how to determine, on an annual basis, the number of students eligible for free and reduced lunches and USDA reimbursements to districts. A panel of experts investigated the technical and operational feasibility of using data from the continuous American Community Survey (ACS) to estimate students eligible for free and reduced-price meals for schools and school districts. The panel presents a new ACS Eligibility Option (AEO) and recommendations for implementation of the AEO, as well as ways to improve the accuracy of ACS estimates of eligibility for the school meals programs. If implemented, the authors posit that the AEO would provide an opportunity to expand access to free meals for the nation's schoolchildren and reduce administrative burden on schools and families. (National Academies Press, May 2012)...

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