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Food for every child

Posted on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 2:37 pm

The faculties at the schools of Westmoreland County take their jobs very seriously, and the realm of meals is no exception. During last week’s board meeting, Mrs. Hickman, the Food Service Supervisor, gave an update to the School Board alongside Superintendent Dr. Michael Perry, on the subject of a Community Eligibility Provision. The CEP is an option for low-income areas that allows schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at little to no cost to enrolled students. Schools that adopt a CEP are reimbursed based on the percentage of students eligible for the free meals.

Mrs. Hickman stated, for example, that the government gives $2.14 for each free breakfast, $0.31 for a paid-in-full, and $1.84 for a reduced-cost meal.

“This means that if we apply for a CEP at Montross Middle, those paid meals are going to hurt pretty bad. The board would have to come up with the difference in order to cover the $2.14 per student.

For the full article, pick up the latest Westmoreland News 4/24/19