Free Lunch: The Community Eligibility Provision
Thanks to the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, many schools across the country are now able to provide free breakfast and lunch to ALL students without requiring applications to the Free and Reduced Lunch program!
The program is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP. To qualify for the CEP, schools must meet certain federal criteria. In Springfield, seven schools qualify:
This means that all students at these seven schools will receive free breakfast and lunch. Students will still need to provide their ID number in the cafeteria for tracking purposes. Students who bring their own lunch and wish to purchase milk (or other a la carte items) will still need to pay for their milk.
The other great news is that students at non-CEP schools who qualify for Reduced meals will now get their lunch for free (they already received breakfast for free). Families at these schools will need to fill out an application for the Free and Reduced Lunch program to see if they qualify.
Families with fund balances in their MySchoolBucks account (formerly called MyLunchMoney) can request a Lunch Balance Refund. Refunds of $10 or less can be requested from the school. Refunds of greater than $10 will come from the Nutrition Services office.