New Program Provides Free Meals at Select EVSC Schools
Unpaid school lunch bills have been in the news a lot recently. Hopefully, a new NO CHARGE lunch program will solve part of the problem.
Twenty-one schools in the EVSC will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2019-2020 school year. The CEP is part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program. Through the CEP, all students at these schools will receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at NO CHARGE to the student. A la carte food is not included in this program but may be purchased.
Schools included in the CEP for 2019-2020 include:
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).