After some urging from Lowell School Committee member Kim Scott, Supt Khelfaoui and his financial chief Frank Antonelli have revisited the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and after spending a day in Boston meeting with State Officials and others about the Program seem ready to enroll Lowell for the upcoming 2015-2016 School year!
The Lowell School Committee would have to approve this at their next meeting but Lowell is eligible and could start participating in September!
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) provides an alternative approach for offering school meals to local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools in low income areas, instead of collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals.
The CEP allows schools that predominantly serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious school meals to all students through the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The CEP uses information from other programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) instead of traditional paper applications.
To be eligible, LEAs and/or schools must: meet a minimum level (40%) of identified students for free meals in the year prior to implementing the CEP; agree to serve free lunches and breakfasts to all students; not collect free and reduced price applications from households in participating schools; and agree to cover with non-Federal funds any costs of providing free meals to all students above amounts provided in Federal assistance.
This should prove to be a great program for all Lowell Students and families.
Great job by the new Superintendent, his team in the administrative offices and Lowell School Committee member Kim Scott for following up on this program and providing all Lowell students with 2 free meals.