West Orange Stark Mustangs continue to eat free with USDA’s CEP

Published 12:18 am Wednesday, November 29, 2023

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The Child Nutrition Program at West Orange-Cove Consolidated School District is going to continue the Community Eligibility Provision under the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs for the 2023-24 school year.

According to district leaders, this means applications are no longer required.

Through the Community Eligibility Provision, parents/guardians are not required to submit a meal application for free, reduced and full priced meals.

“However, the Student Information System will obtain income surveys as per state compliance to obtain social economic data,” a release from the district states.

“Schools that participate in (Community Eligibility Provision) provide healthy breakfasts and lunches each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled all school year.”