Direct Certification in the National School Lunch Program State Implementation Progress, School Year 2014-2015 (Summary)

Report to Congress
Publisher: Alexandria, VA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Policy Support
Dec 07, 2016
Quinn Moore, Kevin Conway, Brandon Kyler, and Andrew Gothro

This report responds to the requirement of Public Law 110-246 to assess the effectiveness of State and local efforts to directly certify children for free school meals. Direct certification is a process conducted by the States and by local educational agencies (LEAs) to certify eligible children for free meals without the need for household applications.

In school year (SY) 2014-15, an estimated 91 percent of school-age Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants were directly certified for free meals. This represents a four-percentage-point improvement from SY 2013-2014.

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Andrew Gothro
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