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WES to participate in Community Eligibility Program  
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Watervliet elementary students eligible for free breakfast & lunch at school this year


With the start of school in September, all elementary students in the Watervliet City School District will be eligible to receive free breakfast and lunch at school regardless of family income. The district has been approved for the Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for Watervliet Elementary School through the 2016-17 school year.

The CEP is part of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, and offers an innovative opportunity to improve child nutrition and reduce administrative burdens on schools and parents. The program permits eligible schools to provide meal service to all students at no charge, regardless of economic status, while reducing the burden at the household and local levels by eliminating the need to obtain eligibility data from families through a separate collection.

The district was able to apply for the program because of the number of students who qualify for the federal free or reduced school meals program.

“This is a great opportunity for us to support healthier eating and ensure students are ready to learn by removing the barrier of hunger,” Superintendent Dr. Lori Caplan said. “It also may help ease at least some of the financial burden our families are facing.”

Elementary school students will see no change in the cafeteria procedure because of the program. Students will go through the lunch line as usual, receive all the nutritional components of breakfast and/or lunch and then enter the pin number they have used in the past. Elementary students will continue to have the option to pay for food items outside the reimbursable school meal, such as à la carte items or snacks. Parents can still upload money to their child’s SchoolBucks account to cover the cost of those items.

Watervliet Jr./Sr. High School will continue to offer free and reduced-price lunches to students whose families apply and demonstrate financial need under the National School Lunch Program.

For more information, contact:

bullet graphicDarryl Whited, Food Service Director
Watervliet City School District
1245 Hillside Drive
Watervliet, NY 12189
Phone: (518) 629-3261, Email: dwhited@vlietschools.org

View CEP letter to WES parents/guardians

A CEP Family Inquiry Form is available here.

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