Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Free school meals in Plattsburgh

Did you hear the story on North Country Public Radio yesterday about Plattsburgh schools now offering free lunch and breakfast to all students?

This came about through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. CEP eliminates the burden of collecting household applications to determine eligibility for school meals, relying instead on information from other means-tested programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.

This video from Hunger Free Vermont helps explain how it works: