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

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