Free Breakfast and Lunch Now Available to Texas Schools
Nearly 3,500 high poverty Texas schools now have an opportunity to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students without having to collect cumbersome school meal applications. Thanks to a new federal program called Community Eligibility, up to 2 million Texas students could gain easier access to free meals to help them succeed in school.
But school districts need to act fast. The deadline for schools to opt in is August 31.
All schools electing to use CEP no longer have to document which students received a meal and whether they qualified for free, reduced, or paid meals for federal reimbursement purposes. These schools will simply serve all students for free and report the total number of meals served each day. Students will no longer have to be distinguished by the amount of money that their parents make when going through the lunch line.