School Cafeteria Students Eat Free of Charge

(Lewisburg), W.Va. - Students in Greenbrier County will have the opportunity to eat a no-cost breakfast and lunch at school through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program. The CEP was enacted as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides universal meal service to children in high-poverty areas. This is the fourth year for the option.

The CEP serves as an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying household eligibility applications for free- and reduced-price eligible students in high-poverty Local Education Agencies (LEAs). If at least 40 percent of a school’s student population is directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the option.

“I am proud that Greenbrier County Schools will participate in the CEP program again this school year to help meet a crucial need for many students in our county,” said, Jeff Bryant, Superintendent of Greenbrier County Schools. “We know academic achievement increases when our students are well-fed and ready to learn, and we must provide secure and reliable access to nutritious meals, so all students have a chance to achieve at the highest level possible.”

All thirteen schools in Greenbrier County will participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, allowing the school system to feed 3500 students each day. The 2017 Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap data reports high levels of food insecurity and hunger across the country. In West Virginia, more than fourteen percent of residents, and over 79,000 children, live in food insecure households.

For more information, contact Jenny Curry, Greenbrier County Child Nutrition Coordinator at jncurry@k12.wv.us or 304-647-6462.