Most students get free school meals this year

Most students get free school meals this year
Posted on 09/05/2014
Boy smiling and eating appleWe are pleased to announce that schools with a historically high free/reduced price lunch rate -- specifically Brookdale Elementary, Central Avenue Elementary, Christensen Elementary, Elmhurst Elementary, Harvard Elementary, James Sales Elementary, Midland Elementary, Ford Middle, Keithley Middle, and GATES High -- will be implementing a new option available that provides ALL students attending these schools with a free breakfast and lunch at no cost every school day this school year. The program is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and begun on the first day of school, Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014.

The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.

The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The CEP uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of traditional paper applications.

What does CEP mean for my student(s) who attend one of the schools listed above? In a CEP school, ALL students receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost, regardless of family income.


What if my child changes schools? Your child is eligible for free meals at the school where he/she is currently enrolled. If he/she eats meals at or transfers to a non-CEP school during the 2014-15 school year, you may be responsible for meal charges.


Why is my child's school requesting income information in the survey? The information you provide will help ensure that your child continues to have access to the level of resources he/she currently has at school. It impacts funding that each school receives from the federal and state government. It also impacts the competitive grants for which our school is eligible to apply.


How will this information be protected? In keeping with current practices, all information provided is private and confidential as required by state and federal law. State and federal formulas use only aggregate information for funding calculations.


What do I need to do? Please complete the economic survey you received at the beginning of school and return it to school or to the Nutrition Services office. Your assistance in maintaining current funding levels for the school is greatly appreciated.

Please contact the Nutrition Services Department with any questions you have at (253) 298-4618.