Beginning in September of 2018 all students enrolled in Mount Vernon City schools 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.”
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.Elementary students will receive an individually packaged meal, which meets the USDA’s Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act Requirements (including the SY 2014-15 updated requirements).Secondary students will also receive the USDA approved meal for no charge and can choose between a hot meal from the cafeteria line or a “Grab ‘n’ Go” meal from one of the Mount Vernon “Café on the Go” kiosks.
School meals are a healthy option, a great value and a huge convenience for busy families! We are committed to providing wholesome, high quality menus, prepared fresh daily from locally sourced ingredients whenever available and in season. Sodexo offers a variety of meal choices and Smart Snack options that meet NSLP (National School Lunch Program), HHFKA (Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act) and state nutrition guidelines. Whitsons will collaborate with parents, students and school nurses to accommodate the dietary requirements of students with food allergies and other special diets. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time.For questions about the district's meal program, please contact George Kirby, General Manager at (914) 665-5285 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.