Free Meals for All Students
All students enrolled in Mount Vernon City schools for the 2018-2019 academic year are eligible to receive a healthy breakfast and lunch at school at no charge to them or their families. This service is funded through the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), part of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010.
“The most difficult thing for a student is trying to perform at your best on an empty stomach,” said Mount Vernon City School District Food Service Director Sharlaine Holness. “There are children that will not eat if they know they have a negative balance on their lunch accounts. So, if every child eats for free, the stigma or shame disappears.”
Starting September 5, each student in the District will be eligible to receive a hearty breakfast and lunch every day of the school year.
CEP allows schools and local educational agencies located in underserved communities to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students. There are no applications associated with the program, which eliminates the hassle of paperwork submissions for both parents and school administration. In addition to access to free and nutritious meals, students can spend less time in cashier lines and more time fueling their bodies for academic success.
The times at which students can receive their free meals varies by school, but the District is making provisions to ensure every student gets to have breakfast without exception.