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Kingston Schools participating in food programs for students
Mary Drier posted by Tom Greene
Tue, 15 Sep 2020 15:28:15 EDT
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According to Kingston School District Superintendent Matt Drake, students won't have to deal with food insecurity.
The district will continue to participate in the National School Lunch Program for the 2020-21 school year.
The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is a federally assisted meal program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions.
It provides nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day.
The program was established under the National School Lunch Act, signed by President Harry Truman in 1946.
Also, the district will participate in the Community Eligibility Provisions (CEP) program that will provide free breakfast and free lunch to all students.
The Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a non-pricing meal service option for schools and school districts in low-income areas.
CEP allows the nation's highest poverty schools and districts to serve breakfast and lunch at no cost to all enrolled students without collecting household applications.
Instead, schools that adopt CEP are reimbursed using a formula based on the percentage of students categorically eligible for free meals based on their participation in other specific means-tested programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).