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Table 1 Socio-demographic and economic characteristics of the school feeding program beneficiary and non-beneficiary children, Boricha district, Southern Ethiopia, Feb 3016

From: School feeding program has resulted in improved dietary diversity, nutritional status and class attendance of school children

Variables School feeding program p-value×
Non-beneficiaries (n = 145) Beneficiaries (n = 145)
Mean age (±SD) of the mothers 34.6 ± 5.8 35.0 ± 6.7 0.873
Mother’s educational status (%)
 No formal education 62.1 82.8 < 0.001*
 Formal education 37.9 17.2
Mother’s occupation (%)
 House wife 61.4 80.7 < 0.001*
 Others 38.6 19.3
Father’s educational status (%)
 No formal education 51.7 51.0 0.107
 Formal education 48.3 41.0
Father’s occupation (%)
 Farmer 69.0 88.3 < 0.001*
 Others 31,0 11.7
Mean(±SD) family size 7.3 ± 2.1 7.0 ± 1.5 0.069
Household wealth index (%)
 Lowest 36.6 31.7 0.041*
 Middle 30.3 34.5
 Highest 33.1 33.8
Mean(±SD) land size (hectare) 1.15 ± 1.79 0.66 ± 0.67 0.003*
Sex of the child (%)
 Male 60.0 61.4 0.999
 Female 40.0 38.6
Mean(±SD) age of the child (years) 11.8 ± 1.1 12.3 ± 1.3 0.021*
  1. × Chi-square or independent t-test
  2. * Statistically significant difference at P value of 0.05