FIGURE 2-1 School meals process and distributions of enrolled students and meals served across free, reduced-, and full-price categories: traditional approach and universal free meals.

FIGURE 2-1 School meals process and distributions of enrolled students and meals served across free, reduced-, and full-price categories: traditional approach and universal free meals.

The top box in the figure, labeled “ET: All Students—True Eligibility (Unobserved),” represents the distribution of all enrolled students by their true eligibility status, including those who are eligible for free meals using program rules described below, those who are eligible for reduced-price meals using program rules, and all other students, who are eligible for full-price meals. As noted, this distribution is not observed.

The process by which students are identified and approved as being eligible for free or reduced-price meals is known as certification.2 Students

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The certification process encompasses both direct certification and the solicitation, submission, and review of applications.



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