Many school students on free or half-price lunches

By Steve Best Thu 19th January News
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Thu 19th January

Local school districts have seen a steep rise in the number of students qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches over the past decade. Steve Best has details…

Five years ago, just over a third of Medford students qualified for the federally-funded free or reduced-price lunches.

As of this month, the figure has shot up to 54 percent for meals offered if a family falls below a particular yearly income level.

At Medford’s Jackson Elementary School, more than 90 percent of students qualify for the lunches, an indicator of low-income neighborhoods in the area.

A similar percentage rise over the past decade can be seen in all local districts including Ashland, Central Point, Eagle Point, Phoenix-Talent and Rogue River.

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