The Community Eligibility Provision was enacted as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides universal meal service to students in selected areas. It is an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying household eligibility applications for free and reduced price eligible students. If at least 40 percent of a school’s student population are directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the provision.
We know that well fed children are able to focus in class and ultimately perform better in school –“You cannot teach a hungry child” is the age old saying!
Because of the Community Eligibility Provision, you do not need to complete a meal application for your student. Every student will receive a breakfast and a lunch at no charge. Income eligibility does not matter.
Remember! Encourage your child to receive a breakfast and a lunch meal at no charge this year!
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.