FCSD3 to Offer Free Meals for All Students

FCSD3 to Offer Free Breakfast and Lunch for All Students
Posted on 07/25/2017

Public Media Release

Community Eligibility Provision

Effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018

Florence 3 School District is participating in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2017-2018 school year.  Section 104(a) of the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 amended section 11(a)(1) of the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act (42 U.S.C. 1759a(a)(1))(the law) to provide an alternative to household applications for free and reduced-price meals in local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools with increased levels of low-income students. This alternative is referred to as the Community Eligibility Provision.  All students enrolled in the school/district may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge to them.  Families will not have to fill out meal applications.

Breakfast and lunch meals follow the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) guidelines for healthy school meals.  Please encourage students to participate in the school meal programs.

You may contact your School Food Service Department for additional information.

Parents or guardians that do not want their child/children to participate in CEP may wish to discuss this matter with Michelle Gaskins, School Food Service Assistant Supervisor, on an informal basis. 

Parents wishing to make a formal appeal may make a request either orally or in writing to Laura Hickson, Superintendent whose address is 125 South Blanding Street, P. O. Drawer 1389, Lake City, South Carolina 29560  - (843) 374-8652 for a hearing to appeal the decision. 

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