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Free Lunch Program Eligibility by School District

In 2016, 12 public school districts reported an increase in students eligible for the free or reduced lunch program from the previous academic year. Three York County school districts reported a higher percentage than Pennsylvania’s average of 48%; one of them, the School District of the City of York, reported 100% of its students were eligible for the program in the 2016-2017 school year.


School District 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Central York 12.75% 13.59% 14.61% 14.61% 19.60% 18.57% 20.44% 25.34% 25.79% 29.15% 31.20% 32.03%
Dallastown 8.55% 10.01% 10.48% 11.43% 14.53% 16.66% 17.73% 21.61% 22.70% 23.79% 25.48% 24.52%
Dover Area 12.82% 14.92% 15.99% 15.86% 17.37% 19.99% 22.96% 27.38% 28.49% 30.42% 34.11% 37.12%
Eastern York 14.27% 14.22% 15.22% 16.65% 20.19% 25.88% 25.27% 29.94% 28.96% 36.64% 35.07% 33.10%
Hanover 20.44% 29.13% 27.64% 29.99% 36.49% 45.39% 47.30% 63.52% 54.23% 60.66% 57.40% 60.42%
Northeastern 21.34% 22.24% 23.36% 23.76% 25.52% 28.24% 31.32% 34.03% 31.34% 31.69% 35.42% 35.58%
Red Lion 10.10% 10.45% 10.21% 13.93% 16.88% 20.33% 21.93% 28.70% 27.93% 35.23% 38.50% 40.73%
South Eastern 8.47% 8.16% 9.69% 12.46% 14.28% 16.39% 16.42% 19.33% 21.34% 21.41% 22.81% 23.06%
South Western 7.28% 7.83% 9.20% 10.55% 13.22% 15.00% 16.81% 20.19% 22.10% 23.82% 25.90% 27.07%
Southern York County 6.53% 7.95% 8.36% 9.26% 13.07% 14.13% 13.71% 16.44% 17.46% 18.39% 21.79% 20.47%
Spring Grove 12.03% 11.71% 14.31% 15.95% 19.61% 20.92% 24.82% 25.87% 29.13% 30.95% 29.82% 29.87%
West York 14.55% 17.32% 17.07% 18.24% 23.83% 26.79% 28.91% 35.05% 36.83% 39.23% 45.07% 49.60%
York City 70.28% 77.40% 77.87% 76.50% 79.81% 70.07% 84.14% 81.83% 85.05% 100.00% 100.00% 100.00%
York Suburban 9.89% 9.05% 9.51% 13.50% 15.94% 18.08% 18.92% 24.40% 23.04% 25.52% 25.85% 26.93%
West Shore 11.63% 11.95% 12.72% 14.54% 17.26% 19.24% 20.73% 20.69% 23.88% 25.39% 27.41% 30.47%
Northern York County 7.14% 8.35% 9.66% 9.91% 9.27% 12.07% 14.93% 15.92% 19.29% 21.86% 23.22% 24.90%
York County Charters n/a n/a n/a n/a 90.34% 79.80% 84.80% 66.85% 77.22% n/a 87.17% 80.23%
Pennsylvania 27.85% 28.08% 28.36% 29.31% 31.61% 33.17% 34.37% 37.05% 37.83% 44.00% 47.10% 48.30%

Year displayed in table represents end of the school year. For example, 2011 is the 2010-2011 school year.