Students in Summers County will have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at school at no cost through a program called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP). The CEP was enacted as a result of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and provides universal meal service to children in high-poverty areas.
The CEP serves as an alternative to collecting, approving and verifying household eligibility applications for free- and reduced-price eligible students in high-poverty Local Education Agencies (LEAs). If at least 40% of a school’s students are directly certified for free meal benefits, the entire school qualifies for the option.
“I am proud that Summers County Schools will be participating in the CEP program to help meet a crucial need for many students in our county,” said, Mr. David Warvel, superintendent of Summers County Schools. “We know academic achievement increases when our students are well-fed and ready to learn, and we must provide secure and reliable access to nutritious meals so all students have a chance to achieve at the highest level possible.”
Summers County expects to have four schools participate in the CEP. The schools participating are Summers County Comprehensive High School, Hinton Area Elementary School, Talcott Elementary School, and Jumping Branch Elementary School. The program allows the school system to feed nearly 1,400 students each day.
The 2017 Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap data reports high levels of food insecurity and hunger across the country. In West Virginia, more than 14% of residents, and over 79,000 children, live in food-insecure households.
For more information, contact Dr. Linda Knott, Director of Student Services. at 304-466-6000