According to a memo recently distributed to parents, starting this school year all students in Richmond Public Schools will receive free breakfast and lunch as part of the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch/Breakfast Programs:
The new Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) allows high poverty schools to offer both breakfast and lunch at no charge to all students while eliminating the traditional school meal application process. CEP benefits students and the school nutrition department’s bottom line—it increases participation in the school nutrition programs by offering breakfast and lunch for free to all; reduces administrative work for school districts by eliminating the need to qualify students for free and reduced-price meals and track which children are participating; and improves the overall financial viability of the school nutrition programs in high poverty schools.
As of October 2013, 74.25% of the students in Richmond Public Schools were receiving free/reduced price lunch. The Virginia Department of Education’s data for the 2013-2014 school year has the following percentages of students at local schools listed as “Economically Disadvantaged”:
|97.5%||548/562||Fairfield Court ES|
|85.9%||300/349||Franklin Military Academy|
|94.7%||430/454||George Mason ES|
|95.2%||616/647||Martin Luther King Jr. MS|
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