Census 2020: Everyone counts when it comes to school nutrition

We all know fresh fruits and vegetables are key to good health. That’s why programs such as the National School Lunch Program are vital to our students and communities.

U.S. Census results determine funding for the National School Lunch Program. Other programs that rely on an accurate census count include the National School Breakfast Program, SNAP, meal programs for senior citizens and meal delivery to homebound individuals.

In 2016, about 30.4 million children received free or low-cost meals in their school cafeterias. Some schools, including the Liberty Central School District, offer meals at no cost to all students if 40 percent or more qualify.

The 2020 Census will help officials plan funding for federal nutrition programs  – including the National School Lunch Program – for the next 10 years. That’s why an accurate census is so important, and why everyone counts!

The 2020 U.S. Census begins in mid-March. To learn more, including information about census job opportunities, visit the 2020 U.S. Census website.