64.5 percent of students in Columbus School District qualify for free/reduced lunches


In Columbus School District, 412 students qualified for free or reduced lunches in 2018-2019, according to the Iowa Department of Education.

That is 64.5 percent of the district's total enrollment of 639.

Under guidelines established by the National School Lunch Program, children from families with incomes at or below 130 percent of the poverty level are eligible for free lunch and children from families with incomes between 130 and 185 percent of the poverty level are eligible for reduced-price lunch.

In 2017-2018, 463 students qualified for free or reduced lunches in the district, 11 percent more than 2018-2019 data.

The Department of Education said 350 students in Columbus School District qualified for free lunches, and another 62 for reduced lunches in 2018-2019.

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