Community Eligibility Provision

Published 2:44 pm Friday, July 20, 2018

Escambia County Schools (Alabama) will be participating in the Community Eligibility Provision for the 2018-2019 school year. Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1)(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision. All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them. Families will not have to fill out meal applications. Breakfast and lunch meals will follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals. Please encourage students to participate in the school meal programs. You may contact your Child Nutrition Program Director, Susanne Boutwell, for additional information at (251) 867-6251 or (251) 368-8979. Parents or guardians that do not want their child/children to participate in CEP may wish to discuss this matter with Susanne Boutwell, Child Nutrition Program Director, on an informal basis. Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request for a hearing to appeal the decision in writing to John J. Knott, Superintendent of Education.