LCSD will be participating in a pilot program this school year (2015/16) that will provide students with breakfast and lunch for free. The project, titled “Community Eligibility Program” or C.E.P. is authorized by Congress as part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Several school districts around the country are participating including Lincoln County
The pilot program will allow all students to eat breakfast and lunch at no charge. It will eliminate the need for parents to complete free/reduced applications, eliminates student lunch charges, and will streamline operations for food services staff. Students will still be responsible for paying for ala carte items and second lunches.
Providing students with nutritious meals (at no charge) enhances the district’s focus on “every child, every day.” Business Manager Julie Baldwin commented, “We are excited to be a part of this program to better serve our students. We always do our best to remove barriers to learning, and this program can go a long way toward that goal.”
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).