Free School Lunch Program to be Available in All High-Poverty Areas

POLITICO Pro has reported that the Agriculture Department is expanding availability of the Community Eligibility Provision, a program allowing all school districts in high-poverty areas to offer free lunch and breakfast to students without the requirement of families submitting applications. This is intended to improve child nutrition and reduce administrative costs.


Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Education Secretary Arne Duncan stated in a letter to the School Superintendents Association that the program is ready to be implemented nationwide. There will be a reimbursement rate of up to 100 percent of meals for qualifying schools and districts. The Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010 set the program up and already 14,000 schools are participating.


The deadline for school districts to sign up for participation in the program for the 2015-2016 school year is August 31.


Read the letter here.