As a former school business manager, I used to take an interest in the collection of lunch forms. It has a direct impact on the amount of Title I funds the school receive the following year.
This year the per capita amount is $801 given to schools that qualify for Title I. It is a ratio of the number of families who meet the criteria for a free or reduced meal, based on lunch forms submitted.
This year I know one school started out with 130 out of 500 lunch form with a meal code 5–lunch forms required, according to ATS report RMEL. The deadline to submit those lunch forms is usually at the end of December.
So far, the school collected 100 of those outstanding 130 lunch forms. Assume 80 of those students qualify for reduced or free meals, the school will get $64,080. It is the easiest grant money to get.