Child Nutrition Program to offer free meals at 15 Bossier Schools

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Families whose children attend one of 15 Bossier Parish schools will reap extensive savings during the 2016-17 academic year, thanks to a federal program that will provide free breakfast and lunch each day regardless of household income.

Bossier Schools’ Child Nutrition Program is partnering with the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) to provide over 7,500 students with a healthy breakfast and lunch each day at no charge. The only requirement is for a child to be enrolled at one of the following Bossier Parish Schools: Bossier Elementary, Bossier High, Butler Educational Complex, Carrie Martin Elementary, Central Park Elementary, Elm Grove Elementary, Greenacres Middle, Kerr Elementary, Meadowview Elementary, Plain Dealing High, Plantation Park Elementary, Platt Elementary, T.O. Rusheon Middle, T.L. Rodes Elementary and Waller Elementary.

The Community Eligibility Program (CEP) provides an opportunity for schools in high poverty areas to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without the burden of collecting and processing school meal applications for free and reduced price meals. The program also alleviates children from being labeled in the lunch line as low-income because no student incurs charges for meals.

CEP was first introduced in July 2011 and piloted in 11 states and Washington, D.C. The program is now available nationwide to all eligible schools at the discretion of their district.

“Bossier Parish Schools is always looking for ways we can better serve the children in our district,” said Sha Kirkendoll, Supervisor of Bossier Schools’ Child Nutrition department. “We recognize the meals served at school each day are an important part of the equation in a child’s ability to thrive and learn, which makes providing a healthy breakfast and lunch a priority for us on a daily basis.”