Beaver Dam School District Sees Government Lunch Subsidies Double Since 2000

The numbers of elementary kids that qualify for government lunch subsidies in the Beaver Dam School District have more than doubled since the year 2000. The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism said 36-and-a-half percent of elementary kids in the district qualified for free-or-reduced-price school lunches last year – up from around 17-percent in the year 2000. There were double digit increases in a number of other area districts as well including, Dodgeland, Fall River, Horicon, Randolph, Watertown, and Waupun. The smallest increase in our area was seen in Lomira where the number of kids qualifying has increased by five-point-six-percent since the beginning of the decade. Statewide, nearly 38-percent of elementary aged kids qualified for the lunches.