Students Eat Free at Ten GCCS Schools

We are excited that ten schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast programs have been selected for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program for the 2019-2020 school year. ALL students enrolled in the selected schools are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school for FREE, regardless of household income. Participating schools include: Bridgepoint Elementary, Corden Porter School, Maple Elementary, Northaven Elementary, Parkview Middle School, Parkwood Elementary, Pleasant Ridge Elementary, River Valley Middle School, Spring Hill Elementary and Wilson Elementary.

Students attending the schools listed above will be able to participate without any further action. A La Carte purchases are not covered under this program and will require payment. The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications. Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).

The Community Eligibility Program only pertains to meals. Parents/guardians needing textbook assistance will still need to apply by following the link below. If parents/guardians have questions, please contact the GCCS Nutrition Services Department at (812) 283-0701.

Online Textbook Assistance Application

Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is an alternative to collecting, approving, and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible students in high poverty local educational agencies (LEAs) for schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. For a LEA to be eligible to use CEP for school year 2018-2022, the LEA must have one or more school having an identified student percentage of 40% or greater as of April 2, 2019. The identified student percentage is not the same as the total number of students eligible for free and reduced-price meals. Identified student counts only include the following:

• Directly certified students and extension of direct certification benefits to other household members,
• Homeless students certified as such by the district liaison,
• Migrant youth certified by local officials,
• Runaway youth certified by local officials,
• Head Start students, and
• Foster children, certified based on documentation from the foster child case worker.

The LEA and school must agree to offer all enrolled students breakfast and lunch at no cost (free) and cover any cost above the federal reimbursement received with non-Federal funds. Through our partnership with Aramark, there’s no expense to the district to provide this program at these schools. We have several more schools that are just under the requirement to join this group by less than five (5) percentage points.

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