Tribune-Courier General Manager
Students at four Marshall County Schools will receive free breakfast and lunch during the 2014-15 school year as part of the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, a component of the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
Last year students at Jonathan and South Marshall Elementary were the first in the county to participate in the program. This year Calvert City Elementary and South Marshall Middle students are being added.
The program provides free meals to all students in schools in which 40 percent or more of the students’ families receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program.
According to Beth Cunningham, Child Nutrition Director for Marshall County Schools, participation in the program eliminates the need for completion of paperwork for free and reduced student meals and extends the provisions to every child in the school. Under the program, schools use data already available to determine the amount of reimbursement they can receive from the USDA.
“We want as many students as possible to take advantage of the program. We need parents to plan next year to get their students to school early enough to eat a healthy breakfast,” said Cunningham. “The success of the program is dependent upon how many students use it and we want to see it continue in coming years,” she said.
The program is re-evaluated each year across the district.
Breakfast is served beginning at 7:30 a.m. in the schools and offers both a hot and cold serving line.
“Students have a choice of french toast sticks, sausage biscuits, chicken nuggets and gravy or cold items like cereal, whole grain pop tarts or yogurt parfaits,” Cunningham said.
The current cost of school meals for paying students in Marshall County is $1 for breakfast and $1.75 for lunch.