Roanoke City Public Schools has received a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) that provides free meals for breakfast and lunch for all students at 19 schools.
What is the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP)?
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a provision from the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows school and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.
Which schools qualify for CEP?
Fallon Park Elementary
Garden City Elementary
Highland Park Elementary
Hurt Park Elementary
Forest Park Academy
Lincoln Terrace Elementary
Lucy Addison Middle School
James Breckinridge Middle School
Preston Park Elementary
Noel C. Taylor Learning Academy
Roanoke Academy of Math and Science (RAMS)
Round Hill Elementary
Stonewall Jackson Middle School
Virginia Heights Elementary
William Fleming High School
How do students at these schools get free breakfast and lunch?
No paperwork is required, no money is exchanged. The student must enter their ID number at the cash register as normal.
What about snacks and other a-la-carte items?
Students will still pay to purchase items like chips, ice cream, and other Smart Snacks. At the middle and high school level, students will pay for bottled drinks but free milk will still be provided with the meal.
My child goes to a CEP school but I still want to pay for their meal. Can I?
CEP means every child at that school gets free breakfast and lunch. If you still want to pay, we encourage you to make a donation to the Department of Food and Nutrition. Contact 853-2863.
More information about the CEP program can be found here.
Which schools don’t qualify for CEP?
Crystal Spring Elementary
Fishburn Park Elementary
Grandin Court Elementary
James Madison Middle
Patrick Henry High School
Woodrow Wilson Middle School
Why didn’t my school qualify for CEP?
The federal government established the guidelines for the grant. There are several variables that determine eligibility. CEP is based on the number of students who qualify for the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).
If my child attends a school that didn’t receive CEP, can they still qualify for free and reduced lunch?
Yes. If you haven’t filled out a free and reduced lunch application for the 2015-2016 school year, you may apply online click here or you can pick up printed application at your child’s school. The deadline to apply for free and reduced lunch is September 29, 2015. Students who do not qualify for free and reduced lunch will pay the full cost of any meals they purchase. This year, lunches are $2.15 for elementary schools and $2.25 at middle and high schools. Breakfast is $1.05. Reduced price breakfast is $0.30 and reduced price lunch is $0.40.
What if I have more questions?
Please call Food and Nutrition at 853-2863.