Breakfast and Lunch to be Free at All Lee County Public Schools

Breakfast and Lunch to be Free at All Lee County Public Schools
Posted on 08/07/2019
Breakfast and Lunch to be Free at All Lee County Public Schools

Breakfast and lunch will be free of charge at ALL 79 traditional Lee County public schools for the 2019-2020 school year. This will be the second school year both meals will be provided to ALL students through the Food and Nutrition Services Department Community Eligibility Program (CEP). Four special centers: Buckingham Exceptional Center, L.A.M.P., Royal Palm Exceptional School and Success Academy are also included in the CEP breakfast and lunch program.

Parents do not need to apply and "Free and Reduced" meal applications will not need to be completed or processed for this benefit. The meals will simply be available to students in their school cafeteria. “We realize if a student is hungry their ability to learn is compromised,” said Food and Nutrition Services Director Lauren Couchois. “Providing this benefit will help our students excel.”

The Community Eligibility Provision is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas. CEP allows the nation’s highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications.