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USDA Program Provides Free Meals for Students

USDA Program Provides Free Meals for Students
Posted on 07/30/2019
USDA Program Provides Free Meals for Students

Longwood Schools is pleased to announce that all students districtwide can enjoy one free breakfast and one free lunch each day regardless of income level!

Through approval by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the district will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Program at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.  The CEP program, funded by the USDA, is a non-pricing meal service option. 

“The Community Eligibility Provision will help to ensure that students receive nutritious and healthy meals every day,” said School Lunch Manager Tom Murphy.   “The program is another way Longwood can improve the health and wellness of students in our community. CEP helps promote student performance and concentration, whether it be in the classroom or on a field by providing nutritious meals at no charge.”

The district has been approved based on residents exceeding the threshold of those who qualify for free and reduced meals without the use of household applications.

Q&A

Will my tax dollars be used to fund this program?
The CEP program is funded by federal tax dollars collected from citizens across the country.  

Is this really for all students regardless of income level?
Yes! All students, regardless of income level, can receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each school day. A la carte items will be available for purchase separately by students.  

Who benefits? 
Everyone! Students can access free nutritious meals with less time spent in cashier lines and more time to eat nutritious meals.

Do I need to fill out a free- and reduced meal application to participate in the program?
No.  An application does not have to be filled out; however, a household income form may need completion at a later date. 

Can my child buy additional meals or snacks?
Yes. The first breakfast and first lunch each school day are free for all students. The student can pay for any additional items; however, no meals will be charged to student accounts.

How do I pay for additional meals/items?
Parents and guardians may prepay, at any time, by sending a check, money order (made payable to the Longwood Lunch Fund), or cash with your child,  or by making payments online using My School Bucks (www.myschoolbucks.com)

Students will still have the option of paying for additional meals or a la carte items but will be required to enter their student ID number.  If you choose not to utilize the prepaid account option for extra meals or a la carte items, you must send money in with your child each day.

Which schools will be participating?
All schools in the district are participating!

What is the difference between CEP and the Free Summer Food Program?
CEP is open to all students during the school year. The Free Summer Food program is free breakfast and lunch for children ages 18 and under weekdays in the middle school cafeteria through August 16. 

Have additional questions?  Call (631) 345-2805 or email childnutrition@longwoodcsd.org.

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