Nutrition is essential to learning; new program offers free meals in 2014-2015
Nutrition is essential to learning; new program offers free meals in 2014-2015
Posted on 07/15/2014
logoBreakfast and lunch are as much a part of the school day as reading, writing, math and science.
When school starts in August for the new academic year, Confluence Academy will participate in a meal program called the Community Eligibility Provision, or CEP.

CEP is an alternative for schools to offer breakfast and lunch without collecting individual applications for free and reduced price meals. CEP allows schools that predominately serve low-income children to offer free, nutritious meals to all its students. CEP uses information from programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance Program for Needy Families (TANF) to determine eligibility for families.

For the 2014-2015 school year, Confluence will provide a free breakfast and lunch to all students at Old North, South City, Walnut Park and Confluence Preparatory Academy. The program does not apply to Grand Center Arts Academy, a Confluence Charter School.

Unlike past years, families will not have to submit applications for free and reduced lunch. However, students will have to pay full price for second meals or a la carte items. Students who have a balance on their school meal account from previous years are still responsible for paying the amount due.

Confluence is able to participate in CEP through the National School Lunch and Breakfast programs of the United States Department of Agriculture. Information about CEP is available on the USDA website.

The first day of school is Tuesday, August 12, 2014.