Jeff Davis County Public Schools are part of only 5% of public schools who do not participate in the National School Lunch Program, leaving children and families to leave school grounds in the middle of the day, losing instructional minutes and needing to spend their often-limited resources on a lunch. This leaves families living in poverty or near-poverty vulnerable to having children skipping meals or unable to afford nutritious food for a packed lunch for their children.
According to Feeding America, Jeff Davis County ranks 14th out of 254 Texas counties for child food insecurity. According to the US Census, 57% of children under the age of 18 in Jeff Davis County live in poverty.
Fort Davis ISD educates 85% of the children enrolled in public schools in Jeff Davis County. Nearly 52% of students in FDISD are economically disadvantaged based on state-defined criteria. Minority enrollment is 65% of the student body, majority Hispanic. The Mobile Comunidad School Lunch Program provides free, nutritionally balanced lunches to all students in Ft Davis ISD one to three times per week. Joel Smith is the School Lunch Coordinator.