17 schools to serve free meals as part of the Federal Community Eligibility Provision

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) (FOX 44) - Seventeen of the 28 Ascension Public Schools will offer free student meals for the 2017-18 school year as part of the federal Community Eligibility Provision program.
 
CEP is a meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. A key provision of The Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act (HHFKA, Public Law 111-296; December 13, 2010), CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without the burden of collecting household applications. 
 
To be eligible for the CEP program, a school must meet percentage thresholds for homeless, migrant, and foster students as well as participation in the food stamp program and school meal program.
 
"We are grateful that these federal funding programs are available to schools, and we are able to offer this to those that best qualify. This welcome announcement is attributed to the work of our Child Nutrition Supervisor Leuna Johnson and her staff that analyzed our district's opportunities to support students and families through cost-effective and nutritious meals," said Ascension Public Schools Superintendent David Alexander. 
 
All students in the Ascension school district who qualify will to continue to receive meal assistance through the free and reduced meal program. CEP eliminates the need for parents to apply for aid and extends free meals to all students at the following 17 eligible schools:
  • Central Primary
  • Donaldsonville High
  • Donaldsonville Primary
  • Duplessis Primary
  • East Ascension High
  • Gonzales Middle
  • Gonzales Primary
  • G.W. Carver Primary
  • Headstart in Donaldsonville
  • Lake Elementary
  • Lakeside Primary
  • Lowery Elementary
  • Lowery Middle
  • Pecan Grove Primary
  • Sorrento Primary
  • St. Amant Middle
  • St. Amant Primary
It is important to note that the CEP program covers one free breakfast and one free lunch per student per day, an approximate $650 annual value per student. Students can still purchase additional meals at the 2nd student meal price of $3.85. All meal prices for 2017-18 are included below:
 
Breakfast Prices:
  • Reduced - $.30
  • Full Pay - $1.30
  • Student 2nd Meal - $2.05
  • APSB Employee - $2.05
  • Visitor - $2.30  
Lunch Prices:
  • Reduced - $.40
  • Primary & Middle Full Pay - $2.35
  • High School Full Pay - $2.60
  • Pizza (High School Only) - $2.85
  • Student 2nd Meal - $3.85
  • APSB Employee - $3.85
  • Visitor - $4.10 
Extras:
  • Milk - $.50
  • Juice - $.30
  • Small Water - $.50
  • Large Water - $.75
  • Fries - $.75
  • Chips - $.50  

**other items may be available for extra sales

Ascension Public Schools will continue to evaluate its ability to participate in the CEP program each year. For more information about the CEP Program, visit www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/community-eligibility-provision. For more information about Ascension Public Schools Child Nutrition Program, visit www.apsb.org/page/lunch-menu. 
 
The remaining 11 schools that do not meet CEP eligibility will still participate in the free and reduced lunch program, which provides assistance to eligible families. Parents of non CEP schools are encouraged to apply for free or reduced price meal benefits at www.myschoolapps.com.

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