Community Eligibility Provision
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), a key provision of The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, allows the nation’s highest poverty districts and schools to serve all students free meals without the burden of collecting household applications. This alternative saves districts and schools time and money by streamlining paperwork and administrative requirements. CEP gives food service professionals more time to focus on preparing nutritious meals their students will enjoy, and gives students more time to eat those meals by cutting down on time spent in the lunch line. Because all students receive meals at no charge, individual children at CEP schools no longer have to worry about the stigma associated with free or reduced price status. And most importantly, by offering all students a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost, CEP helps boost participation, helping schools ensure more students come to class well-nourished and ready to learn. For more information, visit: http://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision.
All BGISD students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge.
Under the CEP option, families in qualifying schools will no longer need to complete a Free or Reduced Price Meal Application; however they will be required to complete a Household Income Form (HIF) to provide the school district information for other income-based funding and grants.
For additional information please contact Dalla Emerson, Food Service Director, firstname.lastname@example.org.