Community Eligibility Provision

Community Eligibility Provision

We are pleased to inform you that our schools will be implementing a new provision available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

What does this mean for you and your child(ren)?

All enrolled students in our school district, regardless of income level, are eligible to receive a healthy school breakfast and school lunch at no charge each day. No further action is required of you. Your child(ren) will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit a meal application.

The CEP is a new alternative to the traditional meal application process associated with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs. CEP alleviates the burden on families by eliminating household applications, while helping schools reduce costs associated with collecting and procesing those applications.

Free Meals in 2014-2015

All Canton Public Schools students will receive FREE breakfast and lunch meals during the 2014-2015 school year ad part of the Community Eligibility Program (CEP). It provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to the local educational agencies and school in low income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals. The CEP allows school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.

Students need nutritious meals to perform at their absolute best and it is the mission of the Canton Public Schools Child Nutrition Department to ensure that each student receives the nutritional support they need to succeed.

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Community Eligibility Provision