School in Need FAQs

What does it mean to be a School in Need?
The schools in need we have listed in the Box Tops App are Title I, Part A and have more than 40% of the enrolled students on the Free & Reduced-Price Lunch Program. Title 1, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESEA) provides financial assistance to local educational agencies for children from low-income families to help ensure that all children meet challenging state academic standards.

The Title I Schools you see listed in the Box Tops for Education mobile app come from MDR’s (Market Data Retrieval) ConnectEd Database. This data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education's statistical branch, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in its annual survey to public schools, the Common Core of Data (CCD) which is refreshed every July. The schools visible in the app only include the Title I Schools that are Schoolwide Title I and where more than 40% of students enrolled are on the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program under the National School Lunch Act of 1946. Schoolwide programs address the educational needs of children living in low-income communities with comprehensive strategies for improving the whole school so every student can achieve higher levels of academic proficiency. Schoolwide programs have great flexibility for participating schools to determine how to organize their operations and allocate the multiple funding sources available to them. They do not have to identify individual children as eligible for services or separately track federal dollars. Instead, schoolwide programs can use all allocated funds to increase the amount and quality of learning time (nces.ed.gov).

My School is Title I. Why don’t I see it in the app’s list?
In order for your school to be eligible, they must have been part of the NCES annual survey identifying your school as receiving schoolwide Title I funding by July of the current year, and more than 40% of students enrolled must be on the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program under the National School Lunch Act of 1946. We only list those schools that are eligible for schoolwide Title I funding that meet this criteria, as opposed to some schools who receive funding for individual students. They also must be a Box Tops for Education current participating school. If your K-8 school is not currently enrolled in the Box Tops for Education Program, confirm the eligibility requirements in the Program Rules. Then ask your school administrator to call us at 1-888-799-2444 to be considered for enrollment in the Program. Please note: Only a School Administer can make an enrollment request.

Why is Box Tops highlighting Schools in Need?
Box Tops believes a child’s education is the foundation to achieving their fullest potential. We have always existed to help the school community get what it needs for every child. By highlighting schools that receive schoolwide Title I funding with enrollment in the Free and Reduced-Price Lunch Program greater than 40%, we are making it easier for our members to find and support schools that are most in need. All participants will be able to support their eligible & enrolled school of choice, however this update can make it easier for participants without a direct connection to a school find & support schools in need of a little extra help.

Do Schools in Need get more earnings with Box Tops?
No. The official program rules are currently the same for every school that participates in Box Tops.

I thought Title I schools already received government funding. Do they really need more with Box Tops?
Even with the additional government funding, there is still great disparity in funding levels between high and low poverty school districts. According to the Education Trust, “Across the country, the U.S. spends approximately 7 percent — or $1,000 — less per pupil on students educated in our nation’s highest poverty districts than those educated in the wealthiest.” At Box Tops, we believe that highlighting Title I schools within the app can make it easier to find and support schools in need. All participants will be able to support their eligible & enrolled school of choice, however this update can make it easier for participants without a direct connection to a school to find & support schools in need.

My school is not a Title I school – can it still participate in Box Tops?
Absolutely. The goal of highlighting Title I schools in the app is to drive greater awareness around schools in need and to give participants the ability to support a school if they do not have a direct tie to a school. You may continue to support your school, or any other school of your choosing.

Does this change affect how much I can earn for my school?
No, each product participating in the Box Tops program is still worth 10 cents for your school & participants will continue be able to support their eligible & enrolled school of choice.