LIVINGSTON, La. (BRPROUD) – Students in Livingston Parish will have access to breakfast and lunch at no cost during the upcoming school year.

This is made possible through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program.

“The CEP program, which is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, offers the free meal services without the necessity of household meal applications,” said Director of School Food Services Sommer Purvis.

The Livingston Parish School Board made it official last week at their meeting.

This is the sixth straight year that Livingston Parish Schools is taking part in the CEP program.

School meals are essential to ensure students are nutritionally prepared for academic success. The board’s decision to elect CEP supports their ongoing commitment to the students of Livingston Parish,” Purvis said.

LPPS estimates that over the course of the school year, the two meals cost around $650 per student.

The first day of school for students in Livingston Parish is Tuesday, August 9.