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Changes coming to some free and reduced-price meal programs next school year

[May 8, 2019]

For the last several years, seven Springfield district schools have been able to provide free and reduced-price meals without requiring applications for the program, thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.  

But that will change this upcoming school year (2019-20) as the Community Eligibility Provision, the program through which schools are reimbursed for the free meals they serve, has determined that the seven Springfield schools no longer qualify for such services. 

The seven schools affected include Douglas Gardens Elementary, Guy Lee Elementary, Hamlin Middle School, Maple Elementary, Page Elementary, Riverbend Elementary and Two Rivers-Dos Ríos Elementary. 

Students who qualify can still receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch, but beginning next school year will need to fill out paperwork applications to ensure that they’re signed up.

The communications department will be working with schools to help alert families to the change, and ensure that everyone has access to free and reduced-price program applications. 

Online applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available later this summer, closer to the beginning of the school year. Applications will also be mailed to student homes by mid-August and are always available to pick up at any Springfield School. Applications are also available at the Nutrition Services office located within the district office at 640 A Street. 

Does my child qualify for free and reduced-price meals?

Children may qualify for free or reduced-price meals if total household income is at or below the amount of Federal Income Guidelines. Children in households receiving Food Stamps or TANF and most foster children can receive free meals regardless of household income. Households receiving WIC, Oregon Health Plan or other governmental assistance may qualify.

More information on free and reduced-price meals in the Springfield district can be found here

Background on the Community Eligibility Provision program

The CEP determines a school’s eligibility for the program based on a number of factors, including participation in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) among others.

To learn more about the Community Eligibility Provision, click here.