37% of students in King County public schools qualify for participation in free & reduced-price meal programs.
Federally assisted meal programs provide nutritious meals and snacks to eligible children in all King County school districts.
In the 2011-2012 school year, 96,129 of the 261,629 King County children enrolled in public schools (36.7%) qualified for participation in the national Free and Reduced-Price Meals Program.
- Eligibility for these programs varied widely across King County school districts, from 3.7% in Mercer Island to 77.2% in Tukwila and 87.8% in Skykomish.
- With the exception of Skykomish (with an October 2011 public-school enrollment of only 46), all districts with 50% or more students in the Free or Reduced-Price Meal programs were located in South King County.