The Ware County School System will continue to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for Free Meal Reimbursement in School Year 2016-17. Through CEP, a school district, a group of schools, or a single school may offer meals at no charge to all students. This eliminates the procedure of distributing and processing meal applications.
“We are excited to continue providing all Ware County students breakfast and lunch at no cost. All students, regardless of household income, will have access to meals at school for no cost. Students will be able to participate in the school meal program without having to submit a meal application or pay a fee. Our goal in continuing to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision in Ware County is to expand access to nutritious meals for students and ease the financial burden of paying for school meals that affect many families in our community” stated Laura Deen, School Nutrition Director.
The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 includes the implementation of CEP to insure that every student in low-income neighborhoods and/or districts can participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). To qualify, a district or school must have 40 percent or more of its students eligible for free meals based on direct certification.
By participating in CEP and eliminating the need for meal applications, Ware County School System will reduce administrative and printing costs. Families also benefit from the elimination of completing and submitting meal applications.
CEP remains available to the entire county during this School Year 2016-17.