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Modeling of High-Risk Indicators of Certification Error in the National School Lunch Program

Last Modified: 10/22/2013
Sunday, April 1, 2012

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides subsidized lunches to more than 30 million children each school day. The program is means-tested; schools must obtain income data from households to certify students as eligible for free or reduced-price meals. The Access, Participation, Eligibility, and Certification (APEC) study found that one in five children certified for free or reduced- price meals in school year (SY) 2005-2006 was erroneously certified or incorrectly denied benefits (Ponza et al. 2007).